Venice Architecture Biennale
Future Islands – just New Zealand’s second national exhibition at a Venice Architecture Biennale – is lyrical and evocative. By presenting New Zealand architecture as a grouping of metaphorical islands, an imagined archipelago encompassing a variety of approaches and responses to the fluid and uncertain conditions of contemporary practice, it establishes New Zealand as innovative, creative, forward-thinking and bold.
The exhibition explores some of the opportunities available to architects working in one of the world’s smallest, most open, informal and diverse societies. It acknowledges and encourages speculative work because architects – forever optimistic, as they are obliged to be – have a responsibility to develop new ways to help different people live together in changing social and natural environments.