How will we live together?

The 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale, curated by Hashim Sarkis, asks the question: How will we live together? 

This question immediately conjures thoughts surrounding the densification of housing, population growth and life beyond the pandemic. It’s a pertinent question and one that has been continually asked over the course of history. 

Hashim Sarkis defines the importance of togetherness, as we face challenging times as a society. He says… “Together as human beings who, despite increasing individuality, yearn to connect with one another and with other species across digital and real space; Together as new households looking for more diverse and dignified spaces for inhabitation; Together as emerging communities that demand equity, inclusion, and spatial identity; Together across political borders to imagine new geographies of association; Together as a planet facing crises that require global action for all of us to continue living at all.” 

The Venice Biennale implores architects and designers from around the world to consider ways in which we might begin to address the most pressing issues of our time. It encourages innovation and experimentation, and importantly, communication with audiences outside of architecture. 

In what ways do you think we will begin to live together?