Arup is delighted to continue to collaborate with La Biennale di Venezia, the world’s leading architecture exhibition, as it reopens its doors to explore a crucial idea: ‘What does it mean to be an agent of change?’
The Biennale Architettura 2023, one of the most significant events in the architectural calendar, is set to take place from May 20 to November 26. This year’s theme, The Laboratory of the Future", provides architects and designers with a unique opportunity to present ambitious and creative ideas that help to envision a more sustainable future.
The event is curated by Lesley Lokko, an academic, educator, and best-selling novelist, who has received several awards for contributions to architectural education. As always, the event will feature the National Participations, where each country presents its own exhibition in the Pavilions of the Giardini and the Arsenale, as well as a selection of Collateral Events organized by international institutions.
The Laboratory of the Future is an exhibition in six parts. It includes 89 Participants, over half of whom are from Africa or the African Diaspora. The gender balance is 50/50, and the average age of all Participants is 43, dropping to 37 in the Curator’s Special Projects, where the youngest is 24.
Arup has worked closely with the Biennale over the last four editions, working alongside curators and participants on a range of projects. This year, we have collaborated on a number of events at this year’s Exhibition, including supporting Lesley Lokko with her central pavilion, alongside several other events throughout the Biennale.