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Top British architects picked for Venice

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David Chipperfield has chosen Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid, Farshid Moussavi and Caruso St John to exhibit at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale

The high-profile names will support Chipperfield’s ‘Common Ground’ theme – looking at the collaborative work of architects in shaping cities.

Other architects taking part include Peter Zumthor – who designed last year’s Serpentine pavilion – and Herzog & de Meuron.

Foster’s piece will reflect on his 1985 Hong Kong HSBC headquarters while Patrick Lynch with Eric Parry and Haworth Tompkins will examine public life in London and design a performance space.

Muf will return to Venice – having curated the British Pavilion at the festival in 2010 – and FAT will also create a Museum of Copies. Sergison Bates is looking at social housing.

AJ writer Steve Parnell will present an exhibition reflecting on the role of magazines in architecture.

Chipperfield was officially named as the 13th director of the Venice Biennale of Architecture in January.

At the time, 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.’

‘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.’

Chipperfield represented Britain at the 2000 biennale and his Neues Museum in Berlin was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize in 2010.

The event runs from 29 August to 25 November.

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