Venice Architecture Biennale 2012: Common Ground

1. The Venice Architecture Biennale opens on Wednesday 29 August. The theme of the world’s largest architecture festival is “Common Ground”

Venice Architecture Biennale 2012: Common Ground

2. The 13th edition of the Biennale, which is held every two years, will run until November 25 and will present a total of 66 projects.

Venice Architecture Biennale 2012: Common Ground

3. The festival is spread out across the 3,000 square metres (32,290 square feet) of Venice’s ex-military Arsenal and several national pavilions.

Venice Architecture Biennale 2012: Common Ground

4. Many of the designs will focus on urban architecture that is more attuned to the needs of city residents as growing rates of urbanisation.

Venice Architecture Biennale 2012: Common Ground

5. Among the most startling exhibitions will be the Chilean pavilion, which has been decked out to look like the inside of a salt mine.

Venice Architecture Biennale 2012: Common Ground

6. Russia will present its design for “an intelligent city” – Skolkovo Innocity outside Moscow which is being planned to house a Russian version.

Venice Architecture Biennale 2012: Common Ground

7. Visitors look at part of Venice Takeaway, an installation in the Great Britain Pavilion

Venice Architecture Biennale 2012: Common Ground

8. Visitors look at part of Venice Takeaway, an installation in the Great Britain Pavilion

Venice Architecture Biennale 2012: Common Ground

9. A woman on St Mark’s Square in Venice feeds a colourful pigeon, part of a large scale art project titled ‘Life Clock’ by two artists, Julius Von Bismarck.

Venice Architecture Biennale 2012: Common Ground

10. …The artists captured the pigeons, painted them crimson, blue and yellow and then set them free. The birds are coloured with food dye.

Venice Architecture Biennale 2012: Common Ground