Venice Architecture Biennale 2021

Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Creative Industries Fund NL jointly launched an open call, inviting researchers and designers in the fields of architecture, urban design and landscape to propose a contribution to the public parallel program in the Dutch pavilion for the Venice Architecture Biennale 2021.

The exhibition for the current edition is entitled Who is We? The word ‘we’ seems to imply inclusion, but it often represents a very singular perspective. As social and ecological urgencies demand immediate care and action, it is fundamental that ‘we’ becomes an even more pluralised pronoun. ‘We’ should encompass all humans and more-than-humans such as soil, plants, animals, and microbes.

The contributors were asked to respond to the central theme of this year’s Biennale and the questions that are raised in the Dutch pavilion. The open call supported projects by Failed Architecture, Bureau LADA and Studio Wild. Their work can be seen and experienced in Venice, online and in bookstores.

Additionally, the Creative Industries Fund NL has granted budgets to 7 other projects presented at the biennale by architects, designers and researchers. Their work offers a view on what a ‘new spatial contract’ means for our societies, more holistically designed cities and architecture.

Read the leporello here.