"In the last 20 years there has been a pressure on architects to create the spectacular and unusual," he said. However in the wake of the financial crisis, he feels that "now is the moment to take stock of what architecture is for and what it means," rather than concentrating on the singular talents of the architectural protagonists.
He suggested that architects could now turn their attention towards schools and housing, rather than the museums, opera houses and other moments of "architectural performance" that have held the spotlight in recent years. "Architecture depends on the ground on which it is sown," he said, "and in recent years we've neglected that."
When questioned on the inclusion of star architects such as Zaha Hadid he declared ""this biennale isn't just an X Factor of who's hot right now," and said that he thinks her contribution is one of the nicest representations of her work, as it "shows where her ideas come from."
Chipperfield also discussed how he feels society mistrusts architects, which is why this year's theme of Common Ground is focused on what architecture can give socially. "I genuinely believe that every architect exhibiting at this biennale believes that they are making a contribution to society," he said.
The Venice Architecture Biennale is open to the public from 29 August to 25 November.
- Green8 by Agnieszka Preibisz and Peter S…andhaus
- Óscar Miguel Ares Álvarez converts Spa…nish slaughterhouse into community centre
- Story Hotel by Koncept
- Clover-shaped house by Felipe Escudero b…uilt near Chimborazo mountain
- Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2008 by Fran…k Gehry 2
- Zaha Hadid's Dongdaemun Design Plaza cap…tured in new photographs
- Titanic Belfast by CivicArtsand Todd Arc…hitects
- House in Serra de Janeanes by João Bran…co
- Asemic Scapes by Sarah Schneider
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