Aravena’s entire Biennale, then, its emphasis on “natural” materials—the omnipresence of earthen brick and tile—its insistence on the collaboration among state and humanitarian actors, all lead to the quayside behind the Arsenale, to a Catalan vault through which a starchitect advances his brand and a global conglomerate advances its sales.
» Nonsite Author: Adrian Anagnost
January 25th, 2017
Craft and Conquest
The 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, May 28-November 27, 2016