The 16th Venice Architecture Biennale, curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara explores the theme of FREESPACE, focusing, in the words of President Paolo Baratta, 'on the question of space, the quality of space, open and free space'. Drawings have a substantial and important presence.
Freespace is 'a word which describes a generosity of spirit and a sense of humanity at the core of architecture's agenda' according to the curators. It was perhaps notable not only how this manifested itself in drawing – be it the original or reproduction but how many and how differently drawing was used to explore the theme of free space. Explorations ranged from that of the facade; to investigations of the shed, temple, niche, stoa, floor and ground through historical and contemporary practitioners; to architectural ethnography within the Japanese Pavilion, to finally, Sigurd's Lewerentz's churches set within the landscape.
What follows here then, is a further exploration of those installations which we thought particularly relevant, including one earlier installation by Joseph Brodsky at the 15th Venice Architectural Biennale.