A conversation with DAAR founders Alessandro Petti and Sandi Hilal, winners of a Golden Lion

This year’s architecture biennale in Venice is curated by the Ghanaian-Scottish architect and academic Leslie Lokko under the theme of Africa as a “Laboratory of the Future.” In this, the 18th edition of the event, Lokko introduces a diverse group of what she terms “agents of change:” architects, critics, and design professionals, among others, who run experimental practices in different parts of the globe. The emphasis, which comes as a breath of fresh air, is on the African context, but there are many projects that cross physical and ideological boundaries, that altogether make Leslie Lokko’s biennale so compelling.

Two architectural collectives among these “agents

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