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09.03.10
Alum Curates Israeli Pavilion at Venice Biennale

SCI-Arc alum Yuval Yasky (M.Arch '00) curated the Israeli pavilion at the 12th international architecture exhibition at the Venice Bienalle.

His exhibition, titled "Kibbutz: An Architecture Without Precedents," explores the roles of planning and architecture through the 100-year history of the kibbutz, as it has actively shaped society and has contributed to the quality of human relationships.

Yasky and co-curator Galia Bar Or show the evolution of the kibbutz from its Zionist beginnings of a voluntary way of life based on equality, mutual aid and full partnership in all the social and economic aspects of life to a radical value shift of differential earnings linked to the rules of the market. Its future has come full-circle, as new designers of the kibbutz have started to rethink its architectural, environmental and spatial values and have begun developing new models of solidarity and mutual aid.

Earlier this year, Yasky was elected Director of the Architecture Department at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem.

The Israeli Pavilion will be on display at the Venice Biennale from August 29 to November 21. For more information on the Venice Biennale, go to the www.labiennale.org.