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Recycling at the Venice Biennale 2016

A display at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale by Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena has been created entirely out of recycled materials.

Aravena, who is directing the exhibition, used nearly 100 tonnes of waste left over by the Venice Art Biennale 2015, including scrap metal beams and plasterboard.

He chose the theme ‘Reporting from the Front’ for the Biennale, which runs until 27 November, to reflect the importance of architecture in the real world.

He said: “ ’Reporting from the Front’ will be about sharing with a broader audience the work of people who are scrutinising the horizon looking for new fields of action, facing issues like segregation, inequalities, peripheries, access to sanitation, natural disasters, housing shortage, migration, informality, crime, traffic, waste, pollution and the participation of communities.

“And simultaneously it will be about presenting examples where different dimensions are synthesised, integrating the pragmatic with the existential, pertinence and boldness, creativity and common sense.”

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