This post is part of a series dedicated to the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale. Over the next week, Architizer will feature on-the-ground reports from our correspondent, Greta Hansen.
Venice is always thick with tourists during the summer, but every two years at the end of August, you’ll spot a higher ratio of design-types stepping over the canals’s pontes. They are here for the Venice Architecture Biennial, which officially opens on August 29. I’ve traveled from New York to this year’s biennial, whose central exhibition, Common Ground, was curated by David Chipperfield. I'm looking forward to a week of surprises from the 46 participating countries in the 2012 architecture exhibition—the 13th since 1978.
First glimpse of Venice from the train station
Participants outside the American pavilion
I made it in time to get a glimpse of the Giardini—the gardens where most of the countries exhibit in designated pavilions. Today the crowd was relaxed, primarily exhibitors hanging out and celebrating the end of their work on the exhibitions. A rainstorm struck the Giardini in the last hours of the day, and everyone cleared the garden and waited out the storm from the nearest pavilion.
Exhibitors at the Hungarian pavilion
Here is hoping for beautiful weather the rest of this week!