The 2018 edition of the Venice Biennale, one of the world’s most significant cultural moments, received over 275,000 visitors from around the world. After a successful six-month run, the National Pavilion UAE’s exhibition at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition in 2018 closed on November 25, 2018. The 2018 edition of the Venice Biennale drew a total of over 275,000 visitors from around the world to its exploration of global architectural ideas and conversations.
The UAE’s exhibition, Lifescapes Beyond Bigness, highlighted the interplay between the urban environment and everyday social life in the UAE through images, technical drawings, case studies, maps, and three-dimensional scale models. The exhibition was curated by Dr Khaled Alawadi, an Emirati architect and urban planner and assistant professor of Sustainable Urbanism at Abu Dhabi’s Masdar Institute part of Khalifa University of Science and Technology.
“The interplay between the urban environment and how we live our daily lives is a critical issue for city planning and development in the region and around the world,” said Alawadi. “Lifescapes Beyond Bigness considers the different scales and systems of urban living and the influence they play on shaping everyday urbanism. The exhibition drew our attention to the merits and virtues of human scale landscapes in an effort to highlight the design and social science perspectives on urban design in shaping cities.”