Biennale Architettura 2012 Awards Outstanding Installations

By Stephanie Taylor

The highly anticipated 13th International Architecture Exhibition at Biennale Architettura 2012 will exhibit at the Giardini della Biennale in Venice from August 29 to November 25.

This year’s appointed exhibition curator is renowned British architect David Chipperfield, who designed the exhibition based on the theme “Common Ground.” The theme focuses on a communal architectural effort that allows architects, designers, planners, artists and citizens the chance to participate in plans for ideal expansions of local neighborhoods and cities.

The Italian exhibition is complemented by 55 international participants, with a number of nations gaining recognition at a dedicated award ceremony that was held on the evening of the exhibit’s launch.

A special mention was awarded to the U.S. for “Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good” (pictured below), an interactive visual installation that impressed the jury with its celebration of the power of individuals to change society in small but effective ways.

Russia was awarded a special mention for “i-city’ (pictured below), which provides a technological insight to Russia’s past, present and future. Via tablet, visitors are encouraged to download segments of i-city from the walls of the exhibit, that are completely checkered with QR codes. The codes unveil projects for Skolkovo, the so-called Russian Silicon Valley; an ambitious architectural, financial and scientific project anticipating buildings and development plans by architecture industry leaders.

Recognition for Best National Participation was awarded to Japan’s leading international architect Toyo Ito, who collaborated with younger architects and the local community to design a new city center (pictured below) for a region devastated by the 2011 earth quake and consequent tsunami flooding. [Via Cool Hunting]