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Speech by Alice Bah Kuhnke at The Forest of Venice exhibition

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Venice, 26 May 2016.
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Ladies and gentleman, representatives from the press,

I am very thankful for the invitation to open the press preview of this exciting exhibition The Forest of Venice. Allow me to especially thank Kjellander + Sjöberg and Folkhem, who are the producers of this exhibition. Also big thanks to The Swedish Institute, Swedish Wood, Sveaskog and Martinsons who have all supported the exhibition.

I am grateful to be here at the biennial during this years theme - Reporting from the front – because it focuses on issues that are very important to me. Today, Europe faces many urgent challenges. Across the sea, people are leaving their homes out of fear. Across Europe and many other places too, we see cities and countries leading the way to accommodate new homes and new beginnings.

In an urbanised world architecture has become the living environment on which we depend so much in our daily lives. Quality in architecture has become crucial to the quality of life.

Architecture is not only a shared environment; it is also necessarily an output of collective effort. Architecture require that we work together, make a plan – to start from and to guide the work. My hope is that the process of building should always originate from, and support, the needs of human beings.

We have to share a feeling of responsibility that what we produce will eventually, in part or in whole, be given away to others to utilize. It must function in the present as well as for future generations. And the big challenge is, of course, the climate change.

I belive that we are all here today because we also share a vision of a climate smart, resilient and sustainable future. A vision in which forests play an important role.

Coming from the north, we are used to harsh environments. Our houses have to be strong and resilient to keep the cold out. Our houses have predominantly been built and heated by wood for centuries. We have a long history and craftsmanship of building wooden structures.

However, wood is not only good for the cold and stormy weather. The beauty of wood is that it is breathable and suitable for all types of weather and climate. Wood is climate smart. And building with wood is not limited to small houses for single households. Today we build high apartment houses in central locations. An increased number of wooden constructions contributes to reducing emissions as it replaces less climate-efficient materials.

Today forests cover approximately two thirds of Sweden and they provide multiple products and services. Thus, you can say that forests are an important part of our natural and cultural heritage.

I hope you all will be inspired by this exhibition. I hope that you will see the transformative change for the worlds climate, future architecture and urban planning that forests and wood can bring about for our common habitat.

Enjoy the exhibition!

Ministers on this page who have left the government

Between 3 October 2014 and 20 January 2019 she was Minister for Culture and Democracy.

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Between 3 October 2014 and 20 January 2019 she was Minister for Culture and Democracy.