In this interview, presented in collaboration with PLANE—SITE, Frédéric Bonnet of Obras Architecture and Grichka Martinetti of PNG, curators of the French contribution to the 2016 Venice Biennale, discuss their commitment to celebrating meaningful architecture in various contexts, and the ways in which this passion was translated into their exhibition. The duo explains the concepts driving the exhibition design, including their choice to exhibit small-scale work from throughout France rather than focusing on the large, high-profile architecture found in the major cities.
“We wanted to show that at every level, from the first step, let’s say everyday life in the transformation of our surroundings, there’s an opportunity to think about global challenges,” explains Frédéric Bonnet.
Grichka Martinetti adds, “One thing architecture should address is architecture itself within daily life. Because it’s very easy when you are an architect to talk about architecture with architects and we have kind of lost the track that architecture matters to everyone.”