Biennale Architettura 2021: August events

26 August 2021

Meetings on Architecture

The Meetings on Architecture Expanded Programme of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition, titled How will we live together?, return with a double event. Curated by Hashim Sarkis, the Biennale Architettura 2021 enriches its programme with two new meetings that will be held in Venice on August 26th and 27th 2021 in the Sala delle Colonne at Ca’ Giustinian, the institutional headquarters of La Biennale di Venezia. Both events will also be live streamed on

The programme:
26 August

Thursday 26 August from 3 pm to 5:30 pmSala delle Colonne, Ca’ Giustinian (San Marco 1364/a)

Partial screening of the film (How) Will We Live (Together)?

The project, presented by SENSORY ETHNOGRAPHY LABORATORY (S.E.L.) – Verena Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor – at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition, consists of an audio-visual architectural installation that addresses this year’s theme of the Biennale Architettura How will we live together? through the voices of intellectuals, activists and artists. The ecological, climate and political crisis afflicting the contemporary world is the starting point to imagine how we might live and die together, both peacefully and violently, among ourselves and with other species.

The screening of the video project will be followed by a discussion between the curator Hashim Sarkis and the philosopher Emanuele Coccia.

27 August

Friday 27 August from 2:30 pm to 6:30 pmSala delle Colonne, Ca’ Giustinian (San Marco 1364/a)

The Symposium titled How Will We Play Together? investigates the role of sports in the configuration of the physical spaces in which nations meet, as exemplified in the urban projects and architectural works which hosted the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo and will host the FIFA World Cup Qatar in Doha in 2022.

Each session will be introduced by Hashim Sarkis.

A single registration is valid for all three sessions:

Speakers: Christoph Lechner, Bernhard Hachleitner, Peter Artner

Speakers: Mohammed Al Atwan (Project Manager Ras Abu Aboud) for the Qatar Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, and for the Qatar Olympics and Sports Museums, Abdulla Y. Al Mulla (Direttore), Kevin Moore (Deputy Director Curatorial Affairs) and Trevor Smith (Sports Activation Gallery, curator)


The Symposium How Will We Play Together? has been organized within the context of Sport Platform, the installation at the Central Pavilion of the Giardini that focuses on the architectural works and projects for the two mega-sporting events in 2021 and 2022, and of the 17th Exhibition section dedicated to How Will We Play Together? at Forte Marghera.

How to attend

The Meetings on Architecture Expanded Programme of the Biennale Architettura 2021 aims to foster a debate around the primary themes addressed by the Biennale in live-streamed meetings, organized in collaboration with other Entities and Institutions as well.

The meetings on August 26th and 27thare open to the public free of charge, with reservation required while seats last. At the entrance, body temperature will be measured and must be no greater than 37.5°C to allow admission. Each visitor must present an EU Covid Certificate (Green Pass) or equivalent certificate that proves: complete vaccination, administration of the first dose of the vaccine (in the case that the vaccine requires two doses), complete recovery from Covid, or a negative result from a PCR or rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours before the visit. Visitors must present a valid ID together with the certificate.

If only the first dose of the vaccine has been administered, the Certification to this effect is issued after 14 days and is valid until the vaccination cycle is completed.

30 August

Monday 30 August at 4:00 pm

The awards ceremony for the Golden Lions of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition will take place at Ca’ Giustinian, headquarters of La Biennale di Venezia (San Marco 1364/a) starting at 4 pm. It will be live streamed on

The international jury – with members Kazuyo Sejima (president-Japan), Sandra Barclay (Peru), Lamia Joreige (Lebanon), Lesley Lokko (Ghana-Scotland), Luca Molinari (Italy) – will award the following official prizes:


The ceremony will also celebrate Lina Bo Bardi, the Italian architect, designer, scenographer, artist and critic, naturalised as a Brazilian citizen, with a Special Golden Lion in memoriam.

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