Koolhaas tops bill at Architecture Biennale

Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas will give the keynote speech at London’s second Architecture Biennale, it was announced this week.

The ten-day festival takes place from 16 June and will encompass more than 130 events, ranging from exhibitions and talks to films, markets, installation tours and walks.

A ‘sheep drive’ over the Millennium Bridge launches the project and highlights include a talk by Renzo Piano and an exhibition on the Millennium Bridge designed by Foster and Partners, Arup and Biennale president Peter Ackroyd.

Designers are also recognised. An exhibition, The Work of Dixon Jones, looks at the designers of The Guardian newspaper, and the biennale will also feature a garden designed by Peter Saville, entitled Blooming St Lukes. Saville’s bedding design is based on the four-colour printing process, in reference to Clerkenwell’s printing tradition (DW 12 January).

The 2006 biennale extends from King’s Cross to Bankside. A three-mile route will be marked out, taking in talks, exhibitions, film screenings and artworks. A three-day architecture, art and design market will also take place on the forecourt of the British Library. See website for details: www.londonbiennale.org.uk.

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