The Jury of the 13th International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia comprised of Wiel Arets (President, Netherlands), Kristin Feireiss (Germany), Robert A.M. Stern (USA), Benedetta Tagliabue (Italy) and Alan Yentob (Great Britain) has selected the awards for the 13th Architecture Biennale di Venezia as follows:
Golden Lion for Best National Participation to Japan
Architecture possible here? Home-for-All
Naoya Hatakeyama; Kumiko Inui; Sou Fujimoto; Akihisa Hirata (Pavilion at Giardini)
Golden Lion for the Best Project of the Common Ground Exhibition
Torre David / Gran Horizonte, 2012
Urban-Think Tank (Alfredo Brillembourg, Hubert Klumpner), Justin McGuirk and Ivan Baan (exhibit at Corderie, Arsenale)
The Golden Lion for the Best Project embodying the theme of Common Ground goes to Torre David / Gran Horizonte by Urban-Think Tank (Alfredo Brillenbourg, Hubert Klumpner) and Justin McGuirk and to the people of Caracas and their families who created a new community and a home out of an abandoned and unfinished building.
The jury praised the architects for recognizing the power of this transformational project. An informal community created a new home and a new identity by occupying Torre David and did so with flair and conviction. This initiative can be seen as an inspirational model acknowledging the strength of informal societies.
Special Mentions include:
Cino Zucchi, Russia i-city, United States of America Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good, Poland Making the walls quake as if they were dilating with the secret knowledge of great powers