Landscape Urbanism Biennale (metropolismag.com)
The global cycle of recurring architecture exhibitions--biennales, triennales, and expos--has a nearly impossible balance to manage. Installations can be dismissed as too artsy, but technical presentations aren't exactly crowd pleasers. To make matters worse, these exhibition programs send projects hurtling through a flash-in-the-pan lifecycle: design, build, exhibit, deconstruct, and, in many cases, discard. Even works that are now considered iconic--Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Pavilion or Le Corbusier's Pavilion de l'Esprit Nouveau--could not escape the forced obsolescence of this cycle.