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Sejima unveils 2010 Venice Biennale theme

The 12th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale was unveiled Monday in Rome by the President of the Venice Biennale Paolo Baratta, and by the Director of the 12th International Architecture Exhibition Kazuyo Sejima.

Titled ‘People Meet in Architecture, the exhibition will run in Venice 29th August to 21st November 2010.

After a series of editions of the Architecture Biennale directed by eminent critics and historians, this sector is once again in the hands of an architect, Kazuyo Sejima. The first woman to direct the Architecture Sector of the Biennale, Sejima recently shared the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize 2010 with Ryue Nishizawa.

The exhibition, “People Meet in Architecture,” will be in the Palazzo delle Esposizioni della Biennale (Giardini) and in the Arsenale, has 43 participants - firms, architects, engineers and artists from 56 countries in the historic Pavilions in the Giardini, in the Arsenale and in various locations throughout Venice.

“The 2010 Architecture Biennale should be a reflection on architecture,” said Sejima. “The 21st century has just started. Many radical changes are taking place. In such a rapid-changing context, can architecture clarify new values and a new lifestyle for the present? Hopefully, this show will be a chance to experience the manifold possibilities of architecture, as well as to account for its plurality of approaches, each one of them being a different way of living.”

There will be two main projects within the 12th Exhibition: “Architecture Saturdays” and “Destination Biennale di Venezia: Universities Meet in Architecture.”

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