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Richard Burdett appointed director of 10th Venice Architectural Biennale

The Board of the Biennale di Venezia has appointed Professor Richard Burdett| as director of the 2006 Architecture Biennale, running from September to November 2006.

This will be the 10th Architecture Biennale in the 105-year old history of the Venice Biennale, one of the world's leading cultural events dedicated to the visual arts, film, theatre, music, dance and architecture. Richard Burdett will be responsible for a major international exhibition on the theme of world cities in the spectacular Arsenale buildings, alongside individual shows in the national pavilions located in the Biennale Gardens.

Davide Croff, president of La Biennale di Venezia, said: 'The Biennale has decided to focus on world cities as the key theme of the 10th Architecture Biennale and has appointed Richard Burdett, centennial professor of architecture and urbanism at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), as the director of the International Exhibition.

'One of the recognised international experts in the field of urbanism, he will develop a programme that traces the links between the physical form of cities and their social dynamics. A central ambition of the new Biennale will be to develop a manifesto on city design and governance for the 21st century."

Richard Burdett is centennial professor in architecture and urbanism at LSE and architectural adviser to the Mayor of London. His expertise lies in understanding the links between architecture, urban design and urban society.

Professor Burdett has played a key role in institutions that have shaped the culture of architecture in the UK - the 9H Gallery, the Architecture Foundation, the LSE Cities Programme, the Mayor's Architecture and Urbanism Unit and the UK government's Urban Task Force. He is an adviser to public and private organisations including Tate, the BBC and NM Rothschild, and sits on the Mayor of Barcelona's Quality Committee.

He has been a jury member of many international design competitions including the Contemporary Arts Centre in Rome, Tate Modern in London, the BEIC Public Library in Milan, the Forum 2004 in Barcelona and a new residential district in Beijing. He runs a series of annual meeting attended by European Mayors and is responsible for the 'Urban Age' series of international conferences funded by the Deutsche Bank held in global cities including New York, Shanghai, London, Berlin, Mexico City and Johannesburg. Burdett has curated over 40 exhibitions on contemporary architecture and urban design, is a regular commentator on architecture and cities in the international press and media.

Richard Burdett said: 'By 2050 three quarters of the world's population will live in cities - a century ago it was only 10 per cent. Today, their architecture shapes the lives of over half the world's population, creating the potential for social and environmental integration or conflict and fragmentation. From the exploding cities of Asia, Africa and South America to the shrinking cities of the west, architects and urban designers play an increasingly key role in structuring the politics of urban life. The 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale, for the first time in its own history, will investigate how architecture and civic life are interconnected, focussing on the future of cities in the 21st century, the 'urban age'.'

See http://www.labiennale.org/en/architecture/| for more details of the 10th Architecture Biennale.


Contact: Mira Dikanarova, project assistant, LSE Cities Programme/Urban Age Project: tel: 020 7955 7706, email: urban.age@lse.ac.uk|

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