Venice Biennale British Pavilion

Venice Biennale Architettura 2021 – Audio-described guide

Whether or not you can visit Venice this year, immerse yourself in the 17th International Architecture Exhibition titled How Will We Live Together? It is curated by architect and scholar Hashim Sarkis, Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He posits: ‘In the context of widening political divides and growing economic inequalities, we call on architects to imagine spaces in which we can generously live together.’

The British Pavilion exhibition presented by the British Council and curated by Madeleine Kessler and Manijeh Verghese of Unscene Architecture, is titled The Garden of Privatised Delights. Alongside their own work, it features the work of five other architectural practices: The Decorators, Built Works, Studio Polpo, Public Works and VPPR Architects. Each installation poses a prompt for rethinking the use of space, for greater social benefit, such as, ‘Could we open up and reprogramme exclusive garden squares to create more public outdoor space?’ and ‘Could the pub be more than a place for drinking and become a versatile centre for civic action?’

Explore these fascinating works and ponder the provocations with a full audio-descriptive guide created by VocalEyes with the British Council. It is available below as separate tracks within a playlist, or as one single track.

Photograph of the British Pavilion: © Cristiano Corte © British Council

Audio playlist

Audio playlist