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Venice Architecture Biennale Review part two

December 6, 2012

The 13th Venice Architecture Biennale, directed by David Chipperfield and titled Common Ground, closed on 25th November 2012 attracting 178,000 visitors. Please find below part two of our review by Gustavo Pernía. (You will find part one here). From Central Pavilion The installation The Banality of Good ?paraphrasing Hanna Arendt – by Crimson Architectural Historians presents an analysis of the New Towns evolution, a sample of six cities built from the 50′s to the present, evidence the inversion and subversion of New Towns founding ideals of emancipation, social equality and progress, where values as the “just', the “moral' or the “good' have been abandoned and replaced by process, profit, efficiency, and expediency. From providing housing to the poor to provide comfortable and isolated urban settlements for the rich, from the pursuit of common good to the satisfaction of the desires of the few who can afford it. A well-founded critic of the drift that has taken urban planning since the middle of last century to the present day.   The architect Juan Herreros materialize the theme of the biennale through large scale technical documents of constructive details, facade cross-sections and abstracted models of unmentioned projects, in order to illustrate his idea of Common [...]

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