This year's Venice Biennale of Architecture, set to open its doors to the public on 8 September, provides a unique preview of key buildings on the way over the next few years. The exhibition, entitled 'Next', will feature only schemes that will actually be constructed - a deliberate move by curator Deyan Sudjic to move away from 'paper architecture'.
British schemes being shown in the international exhibition in the Arsenale include Ushida Findlay's £10 million Grafton Country House; Kohn Pedersen Fox's 102-storey mixed-use tower sited next to Kowloon Station in Hong Kong; Jeremy Dixon.Edward Jones'Student Centre at Queen's University, Belfast, developed with BDP Belfast; and Richard Rogers Partnership's scheme for Madrid's Barajas Airport.
David Chipperfield Architects will be showing its plans for the £45 million Ansaldo City of Cultures in Milan - a 45,000m 2building which will become home to an archaeological museum and media college. And Will Alsop will be taking a model of his vision for Barnsley, inspired by a walled hill village in Tuscany.
In a section dedicated to the 'continuing relevance'of the tower, Richard Rogers Partnership will be unveiling a secret skyscraper destined for the City of London; Foster and Partners will be showing its Hearst Headquarters in New York; and Renzo Piano his New York Times building.
For a special section, the 'City of Towers', a number of architects - including Future Systems and Zaha Hadid - will each display a 1:100 model of a skyscraper designed especially for the Biennale. David Chipperfield Architects, Toyo Ito, Denton Corker Marshall and Thom Mayne are also contributing models.
Foreign Office Architects, which is representing Britain, is constructing a site-specific installation based on its Yokohama Ferry Port Terminal. The practice is maintaining secrecy about the details of the show in the British Pavilion, but has promised to use the space to recreate the experience of being in the building. The Venice Biennale runs until 3 November.