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Beyond Starchitects: An Architectural Revolution at the 2014 Venice Biennale

Beyond Starchitects: An Architectural Revolution at the 2014 Venice Biennale
Beyond Starchitects: An Architectural Revolution at the 2014 Venice Biennale , Bahrain's analysis of Modernism in the Arabic nations is arguably contrary to the theme of 'Absorbing Modernity'. Image © Nico Saieh
Bahrain's analysis of Modernism in the Arabic nations is arguably contrary to the theme of 'Absorbing Modernity'. Image © Nico Saieh

"The Biennale reveals that modernism was never a style. It was a cultural, political, and social practice," says Sarah Williams Goldhagen in her recent article for New Republic, The Great Architect Rebellion of 2014. This year, the Venice Biennale dissects the notion of modernism by providing a hefty cross-section of architectural history in the central pavilion. However contrary to Koolhaas' prescriptive brief, the 65 national pavilions show modernism was not just a movement, but a socially-driven, culturally attuned reaction to the "exigencies of life in a rapidly changing and developing world." Unexpected moments define the 2014 Venice Biennale: from Niemeyer's desire to launch Brazil into the first world through architectural creation, to South Korea's unveiling of a deep modernist tradition with influence across the nation. This Biennale proved to be truly rebellious - read Goldhagen's article from New Republic here to find out why. 

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Cite: Finn MacLeod. "Beyond Starchitects: An Architectural Revolution at the 2014 Venice Biennale " 07 Sep 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/545418/beyond-starchitects-an-architectural-revolution-at-the-2014-venice-biennale/> ISSN 0719-8884
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