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Sunday20 August 2017

Shortlist revealed for 2014 Venice British pavilion

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Two teams asked to work up proposals for “Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014” theme

The British Council has shortlisted two teams to curate the British Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Architect David Knight, journalist Oliver Wainwright and planner Finn Williams make up one team. The other includes architects FAT, architectural historians Crimson and writer Owen Hatherley.

Both will be awarded an honorarium of £750 to develop their proposals, relating to the theme ‘Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014’, further.

Vicky Richardson, chair of the selection committee, said: “Because the commissioning process for this Biennale started much earlier than usual, the committee decided that the additional time could be used most productively by giving two of teams the chance to develop their ideas and allowing the committee further opportunity to explore them.”

A winner will be announced in August.

The final pair were chosen from a longlist of four that also included a team led by DSDHA and another comprising Graham Bizley of Prewett Bizley Architects with Rob Gregory, programme manager at the Architecture Centre.

The 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale is being directed by Rem Koolhaas. It takes place from June 7 to November 23, 2014.

British Pavilion Selection Committee

David Bickle, partner, Hawkins\Brown

Adrian Forty, professor of architectural history, the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

Edwin Heathcote, architecture and design critic for the Financial Times

Philip Long, director, V&A at Dundee

Irena Murray, architectural historian and senior research fellow, RIBA

Jane and Louise Wilson, artists 

Chair: Vicky Richardson, director of architecture, design, fashion, British Council

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