At a presentation in Italy this morning, Rem Koolhaas announced that the title of the 2014 Venice Biennale will be "Fundamentals." According to Domus magazine's live-tweeting of the event, Koolhaas 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."
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