Architecture Biennials: Where to Go in 2019

China: Bi-City Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture (2019 UABB)

Late 2019 – (Boreal) Spring 2020

Titled “Urban Space + Technological Innovation”, the leading architecture Biennial in Asia promises an exhilarating combination of disciplines, with architect and Director of MIT Senseable City Lab Carlo Ratti, art critic Fabio Cavallucci, and CAE Academician Meng Jianmin leading as joint Chief Curators of 2019 UABB.

The 8th edition of the Biennial will explore issues behind the digital revolution in urbanism, particularly focusing on how urbanism and architecture impacts beyond the physical world. Topics such as machine learning, automation, and artificial intelligence, and their relations to communities and urban space, will all be discussed.

Brazil: XII Bienal Internacional de Arquitetura de Sao Paulo

September 19 – December 2019

The winning proposal for the theme of the Brazilian XII International Architecture Biennale of Sao Paulo is Todo Dia (Everyday). Created by local architects Ciro Miguel, Vanessa Grossman, and French architect/urbanist Charlotte Marlterre-Barthes, the event will focus on a future scenario where powerlessness disciplines may be supplanted by new technologies of automation.

In the proposal brief, the curatorial team highlights that architecture contains “a continuous move towards the ordinary, the mundane, the quotidian, through a diffuse notion of how the most trivial level of reality – the so-called “everyday” – can contribute to the manufacture of architecture and urbanism even more so than the other way around.”

United States: Chicago Architecture Biennial

September 19, 2019 – May 01, 2020

Founded as an effort to challenge the influence and authority of the Venice Architecture Biennale, the third edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial will feature curator and writer Yesomi Umolu as Artistic Director in collaboration with curator and educator Sepake Angiama and urbanist and architect Paulo Tavares.

The Biennial is expected to focus on emerging practices around the globe that will contribute to new approaches to architecture, spatial practice and urbanism.

Norway: Oslo Architecture Triennale (OAT 2019)

September 26 – November 24, 2019 

Titled “The Architecture of Degrowth”, the upcoming edition of the Nordic region’s largest architecture festival will focus on the architecture of alternatives and challenge the supremacy of economic growth.

Tasked with overhauling an event previously described as “high-minded” and “not particularly relevant to the jobbing architect” by Phineas Harper, one of the Triennale’s four curators, the Triennale will explore buildings, spaces, and institutions of a new culture in which economic growth is no longer the watchword of societal success.

The event will be led by London-based transdisciplinary architecture and engineering practice Interrobang (Maria Smith and Matthew Dalziel), along with critic Phineas Harper and urban researcher Cecilie Sachs Olsen.

Estonia: Tallinn Architecture Biennale (TAB 2019)

September 11 – November 30, 2019

The fifth edition of the Tallinn Architecture Biennale (TAB 2019) will focus on “how beauty matters again, reflecting on a cultural shift, after nearly eighty years of dormancy, as beauty was a tabooed, denigrated subject”, according to London-based architect and head curator Yael Reisner.

Titled “Beauty Matters: The Resurgence of Beauty”, the other members of the curatorial team are Liina Soosaar (Tallinn) and Barnaby Gunning (London). The event will be organized by the Estonian Centre for Architecture and will comprise five main events: a Curatorial Exhibition, a Symposium, an International Architecture Schools’ Exhibition, the Installation Programme, and the Tallinn Vision Competition.

Spain: Bienal de Arquitectura Latinoamericana (BAL 2019)

September 24 – 27, 2019

Led by Navarra Architecture School’s Grupo de Investigacion AS20, the sixth edition of the Latin American Architecture Biennale (BAL) will focus on 14 emerging Latin American architects in Spain. Participants will include Obra Arqitetos (Brazil), Equipo de Arquitectura (Paraguay), IR Arquitectura (Argentina) and Mutar Estudio (Chile).

The City Council of Pamplona, Government of Navarra, the Ministry of Public Works of Spain, the Basque-Navarro Architects Association and the University of Navarra will organize BAL 2019. In parallel, Uruguay has been confirmed as guest country.

Korea: Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism (SBAU 2019)

September – November 2019

Led by the city council, the Seoul Biennale is an effort to increase general public awareness of architecture and the environment in South Korea’s capital. Following a successful first edition in 2017, which attracted more than 460,000 visitors, the Colombian professor Francisco Sanin and South Korean architect Lim Jaeyong have been tasked with the roles of co-directors for the next Biennale.

Portugal: Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa

October 03 – December 02, 2019

The fifth edition of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale will be titled “The Poetics of Reason”. Led by Parisian architect Eric Lapierre, the curatorial team will aim to shed light on the specificity of architectural reason in a way that is intelligible to a visitor from any background.

The Triennale 2019 will be composed of five exhibitions each taking up a particular aspect of this theme, including: Economy of Means, Countryside, Permaculture for Architects; Interior Space, What is the Ornament? and Nature Beauty.

Argentine: XVII Bienal Internacional de Arquitectura de Buenos Aires

October 15 – 26, 2019

The most important architecture festival in Argentina, the 17th edition of the Buenos Aires International Architecture Biennal, will play host to guest visits from Germany, France, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Spain, Australia, the Netherlands and Italy.

Held in a converted electrical power plant, the Argentinian Biennial announced it would also hold an exhibition for the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture.

Chile: Feria Libre de Arquitectura

October 03 – 27, 2019

After two successful editions, the Chile Architecture Biennial curators are aiming to create a “common, ordinary, and collective” space. The event will be based in the Biobio neighborhood, an area exposed to some controversy thanks to its recent gentrification process.

The Biennial will run three main venues in Biobio neighborhood along with activities in 12 other cities across the country. Curatorial team members include Juan Pablo Urrutia, Tomas Villalon, Vesna Obilinovic, Joaquin Gonzalez and Beatriz Coeffe.

Paraguay: XI Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitectura y Urbanismo (XI BIAU)

October 2019

In an unprecedented move, the Spanish government-funded XI Iberoamerican Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism (BIAU) will be held in Paraguay. This follows a troubled edition in Brazil in 2016. The commissioners and directors will be Spanish architects Arturo Franco and Ana Roman.

The event will award the XI edition of the Iberoamerican Award of Architecture and Urbanism, which has already been awarded to archtects such as Eduardo Souto de Moura, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, and Francisco Saenz de Oiza.

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