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rchitect Madeleine Kessler and artist Manijeh Verghese have been chosen by the British
Council to represent the UK at
the 17th Venice architecture biennale. Kessler and Verghese’s winning
concept for the British Pavilion is called The Garden of Privatised
Delights and explores the creeping epidemic of privatised public
spaces across cities in the UK.
According to the curators, the project
was inspired by Hieronymus Bosch’s The
Garden of Earthly Delights, and explores how public spaces in the UK including
playgrounds and high streets are under threat from increasing privatisation. The
We hope to widen access to who participates in the discussion around privatised public space Madeleine Kessler associate architect, Haptic Architecture and founder, mnm Manijeh Verghese designer, curator and architecture tutor PHOTO: CHRISTIANO CORTE
exhibition will engage in the current
debate around ownership and access to what we perceive as public space.
Kessler and Verghese will transform the
British Pavilion into a series of immersive
spaces, presenting both a critique of how they are currently used while providing ideas to give the public more control and ownership of public spaces. “We will be working with an
experienced team of architects and designers who are at the forefront of research and practice on this
subject,” said Kessler and Verghese.
“We hope to widen access not only to
the Biennale but also to who participates in the discussion around privatised-
public space. It is our hope that through the research, design and legacy of the project, we can begin to imagine all
public spaces as Gardens of Delight.’ Madeleine Kessler is an associate
architect at Haptic Architects
and co founder of Studio mnm.
Manijeh Verghese is a designer,
curator and architecture tutor. ●
Manijeh Verghese (left) and Madeleine Kessler will represent the UK