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Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, founders of Ireland’s Grafton Architects, are the curators of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, which takes in the Giardini and the Arsenale, and around other venues in Venice. With the theme of Freespace, a word which describes a generosity of spirit and a sense of humanity at the core of architecture’s agenda, the biennale presents for public scrutiny examples, proposals, elements – built or unbuilt – of work that exemplifies essential qualities of architecture. These include the modulation, richness and materiality of surface; the orchestration and sequencing of movement, revealing the embodied power and beauty of architecture.