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Kurt Forster, the curator of Metamorph, this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale, describes his project as a survey of a new era in architecture. A menu packed full of thematic courses, with numerous smaller ‘amuse-gueles’ along the way, and more national exhibitions than for some time, some like Spain, Estonia, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and our own British pavilion very fine, and occasionally demonstrating pronounced anthropological traits, Metamorph was quite a “grande bouffe”, with much to digest, although the lack of Rem Koolhaas and Herzog & de Meuron was much commented upon.
It left me thinking that the architectural banquet that global capitalism has both made possible and unrealistically desirable was in the Arsenale, at least, presented apolitically, without looking at the cultural and social contexts of the intended recipients. It also could have questioned...

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