Il Presidente della Biennale di Venezia Pietrangelo Buttafuoco e il Curatore della 19. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura Carlo Ratti, hanno annunciato il titolo e il tema della Biennale Architettura 2025, in programma ai Giardini, all'Arsenale e in vari luoghi di Venezia dal 10 maggio al 23 novembre 2025

Presented in the Sala delle Colonne of Ca' Giustnian, home of the Venice Biennale overlooking the San Marco Basin, the Architecture Biennale 2025 will be dedicated to the built environment, to the disciplines that give it shape and will try to trace new routes for the future, suggest solutions to the most pressing problems of the present, collect experimental project proposals, inspired by a definition of "intelligence" as the ability to adapt to the environment starting from a set of limited resources, knowledge or power.

“Objects, buildings and urban plans will be arranged along the axis of multiple and widespread intelligence - natural, artificial, collective. Some ideas are destined to fail. But others will be able to show us promising paths" said Carlo Ratti.

The title and theme of the 2025 Architecture Biennale

“The titles of International Architecture Exhibitions – explains Carlo Ratti – are usually announced in both English and Italian. In 2025, the title will instead be condensed into a single word for both languages, invoking the common Latin origin: Intelligens.

From intelligens comes the modern 'intelligence'; however, this choice also indicates an expansion of meaning associations.

Translated separately, the final syllable, 'gens', means 'people, people': from here emerges an imaginary alternative root, which suggests a more multiple and inclusive future of intelligence, which escapes the excessive limits of today's focus on AI.”

“In the title Intelli/Gens – underlines the President of the Venice Biennale Pietrangelo Buttafuocomeaning and sign converge strong>. If intelligence is at the basis of the evolutionary process of the individual, in the noblest sense of his being civis (a third declension noun, therefore both masculine and feminine), architecture is the space in which it can unfold, in a negotiation constant with the territory.

By stating functions, drawing symbols, encouraging relationships, intelligence constructs architecture in ethical, aesthetic and above all ecological terms".

An exhibition that "imagines architects as 'mutagenic agents' - continues Ratti - capable of triggering evolutionary processes and directing them in new directions. By learning from multiple scientific disciplines and advancing through trial and error, this exhibition aims to accelerate the transformation of the present, in search of better futures."

The four methodological pillars

Transdisciplinarity: the architectural projects will promote collaborations between different professionals, with the aim of advancing scientific knowledge.

Living Laboratory: in 2025 the Central Pavilion in the Giardini will be undergoing renovation and will therefore be replaced by a series of special projects capable of transforming portions of Venice and the external areas of the Biennale Exhibition locations in Living Lab - living laboratories.

Collection of Ideas: starting from 7 May 2024 the website of the Biennale opens a space for the collection of ideas, to be sentby 21 June 2024, to broaden the heterogeneity of voices, visions and suggestions with the aim of adopting a collaborative approach to design.

Circularity Protocol: through the development of a Circularity Manifesto, precise guidelines will be defined, outlining a new standard for future cultural events.

A place, a solution

The curator invites all countries to share success stories: "together, they will compose a 'toolbox' for a better future". Because the challenges of our time can only be addressed collaboratively, through a plurality of different approaches.

“Across the world, cities and territories are rapidly evolving in response to climate change.

Forced to face urgent problems - rising sea levels, urban heat islands, extreme weather events, up to the protection of the most vulnerable populations - local communities around the world are today positioned at the forefront of environmental innovation processes built” states the curator.

Goals, inspirations and reflections of the curator around Intelligens

• The goal of Intelligens is to develop knowledge and skills that help us evolve, so as not to leave ourselves at the mercy of a burning planet.

• It is inspired by natural processes: millions of years of construction, destruction, recycling - evolution by trial and error.

• It offers a repertoire of new solutions, ready to be prototyped and tested. It matters little if some are destined to fail.

• It unites opposing fields in architecture: high-tech "smart cities" and low-tech "natural cities"; it crosses disciplinary boundaries, giving life to a hybrid form of “architecture beyond architects”; intertwines different scales: from the spoon to the city, from microprocessors to interstellar space.

• It embraces the natural and the artificial, promising a future of co-evolution between worlds long in conflict; it is released by unexpected actors: operating under the radar, intelligence upsets the rules of the game when least expected.

• Finally, the failures of Intelligens: to be studied, honored and avoided.

Post-Scriptum

“We dedicate our work over the next few months to Italo Rota (1953-2024). We had started this adventure together and we will continue to carry forward his ideas", Carlo Ratti's heartfelt conclusion.

At the same time as the 19th International Architecture Exhibition, the second edition of Biennale College Architettura was also presented for students, graduates and emerging professionals under 30.