The Rural Future : Chinese Pavilion at Architecture Biennale
The 16th Venice Architecture Biennale is in full swing, running until November 25th. Among 63 national pavilions, Chinese exhibition showcases how the country is developing its rural areas at a speed and scale unseen in the west.
Curated by architects Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, 2018 International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale gathered 71 participants, under the theme “Freespace”.Chinese pavilion reveals major projects realized during the past several years in rural areas of the country, showing the contemporary countryside through six episodes: poetic dwellings, local production, cultural practices, agricultural tourism, community reconstruction, and future exploration. The projects presented in the pavilion how architects are trying to find a middle ground between tradition and modernization.
Li Xiangning, the curator of the pavilion, said that “the motivation for this exhibition is more than just xiangchou, a Chinese term that refers to nostalgia for rural lands. We return to the countryside where Chinese culture originated to recover forgotten values and overlooked possibilities; from there, we will build a future countryside’.