The British Council has chosen writers Shumi Bose and Jack Self, and architect Finn Williams to curate the British Pavilion at the 15th Venice architecture biennale
Responding to the title of the 2016 Biennale Reporting From The Front announced by director Alejandro Aravena, the victorious proposal entitled Home Economics will address the ‘front line of British architecture: the family home.’
The trio said: ‘Home Economics will convert the British Pavilion into a series of full-scale domestic spaces. We will invite a multidisciplinary team of architects, artists, designers and developers to produce immersive 1:1 environments, which challenge the status quo and propose new futures for the British home. Life is changing; we must design for it.’
They added: ‘The exhibition will ask urgent questions about the future of housing. Social and technological changes are collapsing the patterns of domestic life – but the design of the home hasn’t caught up. Can the house ever escape its economic status as an asset?
Life is changing; we must design for it
‘Should our homes still be considered private spaces? How do new types of families and households produce new spatial needs? What are the models of ownership, finance and work that make these conditions possible?’
Self and Bose recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a new bi-monthly magazine covering architecture and its relationship with politics and economics.
Williams is regeneration area manager for the Greater London Authority and spent four years as deputy team leader of placemaking at Croydon Council.
Jury chair Vicky Richardson, director of architecture, design and fashion at the British Council, said: ‘Home Economics will grapple with how architecture can respond to the changing ways that people live today.
‘It will make an exciting exhibition which we hope will highlight the relevance of the ideas presented at the Venice Architecture Biennale to public audiences, as well as continuing the recent tradition of using the British Pavilion as a space for research and debate.’
The Biennale will run from 28 May to 27 November 2016 in the Giardini and the Arsenale, and around Venice.
British Pavilion Selection Committee for 2016
Vicky Richardson, director of architecture, design and fashion, British Council (chair); Rob Gregory, programme manager at Bristol Architecture Centre; Edwin Heathcote, architecture and design critic for The Financial Times; Joanna Hogg, filmmaker and curator; Charlie Hussey, director of Sutherland Hussey Harris; Marie Bak Mortensen, head of exhibitions at the RIBA; Teresa Stoppani, professor of architecture and head of the Leeds School of Architecture at Leeds Beckett University.