The Thick Surface of the Earth

Essay by Eyal Weizman

in “Common Ground: A Critical Reader,” edited by David Chipperfield.
Venice Biennale of Architecture 2012 catalogue

An analytical insight on the Biennale exhibition’s main themes. The critical companion to the Biennale catalog, this book presents a general overview of the exhibition’s contents, helping one understand the Common Ground event. The list of authors features many great luminaries of architectural and cultural writing as well as daily reporters and journalists. By elucidating some of the underlying concerns of the exhibition, the book seeks to strengthen the ties to the Biennale by adding short, often visually led pieces directly related to Common Ground. For this reason, the book is destined to have a broad and enduring influence on architectural and cultural writing.

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