Walking in a Cloud at Venice Architecture Biennale 2010

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VENICE (REUTERS).- If you thought that the world’s biggest architecture show would be about buildings, this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale has a few surprises in store. Highlights include a steel ramp sneaking into a cloud, a pitch-black room where water falls from a swirling hose and a tower of metal cages from which one can jump into the void — setting the tone for a show that, in a break with the past, this time focuses on people and space. Set in the 16th century rope-making factory of the Venice navy, the Biennale mixes design with art installation and has pavilions from 53 countries, plus around 50 works from some of the world’s top names in the business. This edition is directed for the first time by a woman, Japanese architect Kazuyo Sejima. The winner of this year’s prestigious