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Carlo Ratti appointed curator of the Biennale Architettura 2025

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La Biennale di Venezia

Preparations for the 2025 architecture biennial in Venice are underway with the appointment of the Italian architect and engineer, Carlo Ratti, as the Biennale's chief curator. The call for the Pavilion of Finland's curatorial concept is open until 5 February.

Text: Anna Rusi

The 19th International Architecture Exhibition will open in Venice on 24 May 2025. La Biennale di Venezia, under the recommendation of President Roberto Cicutto, has appointed Italian architect Carlo Ratti as curator of the upcoming exhibition.

Ratti is the founder of the architecture and innovation studio Carlo Ratti Associati and director of the Senseable City Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Ratti is an architect and engineer by training and teaches both at MIT and the Politecnico di Milano.

The author of more than 750 publications, Ratti is best known as an expert on urban design, whose work has been exhibited at venues such as the Museum of Modern Art MoMA in New York, La Biennale di Venezia, and the Design Museum in Barcelona. Previously, Ratti has curated the 8th Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture in Shenzhen and the Porto Design Biennale, among others.

“We architects like to think we are smart, but real intelligence is everywhere. The disembodied ingenuity of evolution, the growing power of computers, and the collective wisdom of the crowd. To face a burning world, architecture must harness all the intelligence around us. I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to curate the Biennale Architettura 2025,” Ratti comments his appointment.

The theme of the Biennale is yet to be announced, but the focus and background of the curator's work may be reflected in the choice.

Read more about the appointment on the website of La Biennale di Venezia.

Open call for curatorial concepts for the Pavilion of Finland

Archinfo seeks a curator with a strong idea and exhibition concept to be developed into the Finnish pavilion’s exhibition at the 19th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. The curator can have a background in curating architecture, design or art, or in research or writing among others.

Through the open call, Archinfo is hoping to see thought-provoking and original curatorial concepts that stem from topical issues facing the future and that are relevant to Finnish architecture while resonating with a broad international audience.

The call is open until 5 February. Read more through this link.