If you’re a design lover then this post is for you. Take a look at our favorite Biennale finds and be inspired!

“How Will We Live Together?” So asks this year’s La Biennale di Venezia. The 17th edition of the architecture exhibition, postponed in 2020, is now underway in Venice, and post-pandemic, this question—startlingly prescient—takes on new meaning.

Through November 22, 112 participants from 46 countries explore the topic with highly diverse results. Sure, it’s living with fellow humans, but what about co-existing with animals, birds, and the earth? In this article, check 5 of our favorite Biennale finds.


“Bit.Bio.Bot: A Collective Experiment in Biotechnological Architecture”

Image Credit: Andrea Avezzù

A healthy, sustainably sourced snack you can grow in your own home is one way to start your journey through the Biennale. At “Bit.Bio.Bot: A Collective Experiment in Biotechnological Architecture,” an installation by EcoLogicStudio which recalls a mad laboratory, freshly harvested algae is on offer. Shown here, housed in lab-grade borosilicate glass and 3D-printed PLA bioplastic, is spirulina platensis within a jelly-like medium and floating in liquid.

“Variations on a Bird Cage”

Image Credit: Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia

A reflective birdhouse is a functional sculpture that stretches several feet high in “Variations on a Bird Cage,” by Studio Ossidiana. Exploring the coexistence of humans and birds, the exhibition presents several transformative ways the two species can live together. 

“Silk Road Works”

Image Credit: Marco Zorzanello

Dummies dressed in construction worker uniforms are arranged in symbolic poses in the installation “Silk Road Works” by artist and architectural historian Azra Akšamija. The uniforms are not made of traditional materials: safety vests are silk, overalls are Venetian fabric, and hardhats are Murano glass. 

“A.I. Toys Shapes and Ladders”

Image Credit: Marco Zorzanello

A maternity suit woven from silk organza is featured in “A.I. Toys Shapes and Ladders: Battles of Bias and Bureaucracy Maternity Menswear,” an exploration of systemic racism and sexism in the workplace by Ani Liu.  The installation also includes a video game “designed to reflect real-life inequalities,” according to the artist. 

“Museo Aero Solar For an Aerocene Era” 

Image Credit: Francesco Galli

Anyone with plastic trash and internet access can reach new heights in a sun-powered air balloon through a project by Tomás Saraceno. Presented by his non-profit organization the Aerocene Foundation, “Museo Aero Solar For an Aerocene Era” presents a flying sustainable sculpture made of discarded and then fused together plastic bags.

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