The Venice Architecture Biennale is the world's leading architecture event. It is staged for six months, attracts scores of national participants and dozens of sideshow exhibitions, and provides a snapshot of current architectural concerns and an overview of contemporary design directions. The Biennale has a particular character. Neither a trade show nor an 'expo', it is instead a forum of propositions, many of them wonderful, some of them weird. After more than 30 years, the Biennale has settled into its paradoxes: it's run by bureaucrats but tolerant of subversives; it's focused and disparate, collaborative and competitive, internationalist in outlook and nationalist in organisation, a serious business as well as a celebratory enterprise. And, from a South Pacific perspective, it is a long, and expensive, way away. In 2016, for only the second time, New Zealand had a national exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale. How did that go? Far Pavilion offers insiders' perspectives on New Zealand's involvement with the Biennale, and on the challenges and rewards of exhibiting architecture in the world's most dauntingly beautiful urban setting.