Magazine article Art Monthly

Biennale Watch

Magazine article Art Monthly

Biennale Watch

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This month sees the launch of the London Architecture Biennale (June 17-25) in venues around King's Cross, Clerkenwell and Southwark. The inaugural biennale in 2004 was such success that this year it is on a much larger scale, linking with Architecture Week (June 16-25), Cycle Week (June 17-25) and London Sustainability Week (June 4-18). The opening event of the nine-day programme will be a sheep drive by Norman Foster across the Millennium Bridge as a way of focusing on the biennale's theme of 'change': change in the physical infrastructure and landscape of the city (including the major developments at King's Cross and Elephant & Castle); change in buildings and architectural form; change in the public's interaction with the built environment; the change in urban markets--the current vogue for shopping at the historic food markets of Borough and Smithfield--and the constant shifting of the City's financial markets. Dutch architect and Pritzker Prize winner Rem Koolhaas will give the biennale keynote speech at the Barbican Centre on June 23. …

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