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This is not a talent show, says curator of Venice Architecture Biennale

David Chipperfield urges fellow architects to explain their ideas

David Chipperfield, architect and curator of the Venice Architecture Biennale

"The Architecture Biennale is not an 'Architecture's Got Talent' show." So says David Chipperfield, the British curator of the Venice Architecture Biennale, which opens on Wednesday (29 August-25 November). His theme is "Common Ground", his aim being to show what architects share intellectually—their "inspirations, concerns and predicaments".

Chipperfield explains: "When some of us sit around in bars after a competition, even if we don't like each others' work, after a few whiskies you find we all have a lot of similar interests. If we can do that there, why can't we do it professionally? I have so much respect for the talent of architects that I wanted to create a tent where they could show architecture instead of themselves. The free market has confused architects' ability to confess to shared ideas… I wanted to take the pressure off and say: 'You are all great architects, we know that. Don't impress me with computer renderings of your latest tower. Instead, explain to us where your ideas come from, how you do what you do, and how you contribute to our common understanding of architecture culture.'"

This is an extract from an interview that appears in the first of three daily papers (27-29 August) produced by our sister paper, Il Giornale dell'Architettura, together with The Architect's Newspaper for the Venice Architecture Biennale:

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