Koolhaas Reveals Title for 2014 Venice Biennale

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At a presentation in Italy this morning, announced that the title of the 2014 will be “Fundamentals.” According to Domus magazine’s live-tweeting of the eventKoolhaas wants this Biennale, which he will curate, to use historical research to explore how Modernity and globalization has, since 1914, formed the architecture we practice today. The Biennale will focus on the erasure of national architectural identities and the formation, over the last 200 years, of a global architecture which produces, in Koolhaas’ words, “the same stuff, with the same materials, in the same styles. How did this happen?” 

Read more about Koolhaas’ 2014 Biennale topic, after the break…

According to Koolhaas, this Biennale – which will focus on architecture rather than architects and history rather than contemporaneity – will attempt to get back to the basic inventions of modernity, the “elementary particles of architecture”: lightbulbs, elevators, walls, floors, ceilings, etc. Koolhaas mentioned that the two years of preparation will be critical for Architects to conduct the necessary historical research.

President of La Biennale, Paolo Baratta, also noted that Koolhaas will not just curate, but also coordinate the “collective effort of all national pavilions.”

See full Press Release here.

Story via @DomusWeb 

Cite: Quirk, Vanessa. "Koolhaas Reveals Title for 2014 Venice Biennale" 25 Jan 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=323994>

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    This is very timely and I am excited by this. How did all this ‘same stuff’ happen and what to make of it? Looking into history and the fundamental elements that make it, might help pull architecture out of the narcissistic phase it is in.

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    “the same stuff, with the same materials, in the same styles. How did this happen?”
    mostly, i “blame” internet for this. same happen with lifesyle, fashion, car design etc etc. today, everthing fresh on the market is fresh everywhere in same time. nothing to da against it, realy, but it has kind of selfdestructive gene inside. when modern won’t be modern anymore, we will back to basics..

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