The Venice Architecture Biennale

The Venice Architecture Biennale commenced last Sunday and Archinect has a nice review of the exhibition. There's plenty of eye candy, of course, but most interesting, probably, is the theme of the show: "Building Beyond Building." According to the show's director, Aaron Betsky, "Architecture must go beyond buildings because buildings are not enough. They are big and wasteful accumulations of natural resources that are difficult to adapt to the continually changing conditions of modern life. Most budings are ugly, useless and wasteful." So what is architecture's role if not to build buildings?UPDATE: So what's left over when you remove buildings from the field of architecture? Naked hippies. The Guardian has the video.