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Chipperfield gives Venice Biennale 'Common Ground' theme

David Chipperfield has chosen ‘Common Ground’ as his theme for this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale.

In a meeting at the Ca’ Giustinian in Venice earlier this week, newly appointed director Chipperfield outlined the main aims of the 2012 biennale.

He said: ‘I want this Biennale to celebrate a vital, interconnected architectural culture, and pose questions about the intellectual and physical territories that it shares.’

Collaboration and dialogue fundamental to the biennale

‘My method of selecting architects will reinforce the theme by making collaboration and dialogue fundamental to the Biennale.

‘The title ‘Common Ground’ has a strong connotation of the ground between buildings, the spaces of the city. [It will] develop the understanding of the distinct contribution that architecture can make in defining the common ground of the city.’

The meeting was attended by representatives of the 41 countries participating in the 13th exhibition, including newcomers Kosovo, Kuwait and Peru.

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