La Biennale di Venezia - The Garden of Privatised Delights

The British Council presents The Garden of Privatised Delights at the British Pavilion for the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, running from 22 May – 21 November 2021.  

The exhibition explores the privatisation of public space in the UK today, and considers the role that design and architecture can take in supporting a more inclusive future.  

Working with five teams of architects, designers and researchers, curators Manijeh Verghese and Madeleine Kessler propose new ideas for ownership of, and access to, privatised public space – from the pub to the playground, common land to the garden square, the high street to facial recognition technology. 

The Garden of Privatised Delights invites us to engage in the debate around the threats to public space and raises questions that are now more relevant than ever the wake of the global Covid-19 pandemic.