Despite valid criticism, the Venice Architecture Biennale remains the most acclaimed architecture exhibition in the world. The 18th edition opened on 20 May. Instead of flying in a large editorial team, we sent our authors Susanna Koeberle and John Hill, along with Italian photographer Flavia Rossi, to the lagoon city to provide critical coverage of the exhibition.
Architects must now decisively embrace their social and environmental responsibility. Curator Lesley Lokko urged participants to do so with the theme 'The Laboratory of the Future.' However, has this year's Biennale succeeded in becoming a groundbreaking exhibition?