In Their Own Words

Find out what Freespace actually means to the Venice Architecture Biennale curators

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Find out what Freespace actually means to the Venice Architecture Biennale curators. Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell. (Andrea Avezzu/Venice Biennale.)

With the launch of the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale, thousands of design-minded visitors descended on the Italian city to take in the national pavilions and ancillary events (and in some cases, to protest). This year’s theme, “Freespace,” encouraged architects to think outside of architecture as “object” and to contextualize how the natural world (light, air, the landscape) influences the built environment.

Co-curators Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects broke down their intentions for the festival further in the interview below:

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