Venice Arch Biennale 2012

Justin McGuirk, Urban-Think Tank and Iwan Baan
win best project at Venice Architecture Biennale

Urban-Think Tank and Justin McGuirk win best project at Venice Architecture Biennale

Dezeen Wire: architecture critic Justin McGuirk (pictured above, holding the award), photographer Iwan Bann and the Urban-Think Tank team of Venezuela (also pictured above) have won the Golden Lion for best project at the Venice Architecture Biennale for their Torre David/Gran Horizonte installation and cafe. More »

Featured event: Venice Architecture Biennale

Venice Architecture Biennale 2012

Dezeen is in Venice this week for the preview of the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale, which opens to the public on Wednesday and runs until 25 November.

See our photos from the first day on Facebook, see all our preview stories here and watch our interview with director of the biennale David Chipperfield here, in which he urges the profession to address “the 99.99% of the rest of the world which architects are not dealing with” in order to avoid becoming merely “urban decorators.”

Above image: Vessel by O'Donnell + Tuomey Architects in the Arsenale

Architects risk becoming "urban decorators"
- David Chipperfield

Architects risk becoming "urban decorators" - David Chipperfield

With the Venice Architecture Biennale opening next week, here's a full transcript of our interview with its director David Chipperfield, who explains the thinking behind this year's theme, Common Ground.

Chipperfield stresses the need for the profession to address "the 99.99% of the rest of the world which architects are not dealing with." Otherwise he says, architects risk being relegated to being "urban decorators." Update: this interview is featured in Dezeen Book of Interviews, which is on sale now for £12. More »