David Chipperfield on the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale


Source: Spontaneous Interventions, U.S. Pavilion website for the Venice Architecture Biennale

"I want projects in the Biennale to look seriously at the spaces made by buildings: the political, social, and public realms of which architecture is a part. I do not want to lose the subject of architecture in a morass of sociological, psychological or artistic speculation, but to try to develop the understanding of the distinct contribution that architecture can make in defining the common ground of the city. This theme is a deliberate act of resistance towards the image of architecture propagated in much of today's media of projects springing fully formed from the minds of individual talents. I wish to promote the fact that architecture is internally connected, intellectually and practically, sharing common concerns, influences and intentions."

David Chipperfield, from an interview on "Common Ground," the theme of the 13th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale, 2012

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