The 12th International Architecture Biennale in Venice has this year been curated for the first time by a woman, and for the first time for a while, by an architect.

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The 12th International Architecture Biennale in Venice has this year been curated for the first time by a woman, and for the first time for a while, by an architect.

Kazuyo Sejima, one half of Japanese practice SANAA, is fast beginning to rival Zaha as architecture’s first lady. Her choice of theme “People meet in Architecture” was praised for addressing one of the frequent criticisms of former biennales – that too much on show was too removed from reality. “When they asked me to curate it, I didn’t think it would be possible,” Sejima said. “I’m thrilled it has come together. I chose this theme because I want the architects I invited to think about how people respond to architecture and space.”

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