“A Clockwork Jerusalem”, the British Pavilion for this year’s Biennale, at the AA Gallery

Especially designed for the Venice Biennale, the exhibition programmed from May 9 to June 6 in the AA Gallery explores the many faces and the great extent of Britain’s Modernism, combining “traditions of the romantic, sublime and pastoral, as well as interests in technology and science fiction”.

 

A Clockwork Jerusalem curated by FAT Architecture and Crimson Architectural Historians © Cristiano Corte for the British Council

A Clockwork Jerusalem curated by FAT Architecture and Crimson Architectural Historians © Cristiano Corte


The Architectural Association Gallery in London is hosting an exhibition on British Modernism and its many faces: from early pop culture to the garden city utopia, the display attempts to explore how international influences came together with Britain’s very own vision of its future.

Especially designed for the British Pavilion in last year’s Venice Biennale, curated by Rem Koolhaas under the theme of “Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014”, the exhibition, comprising models, media installations and photographs will be displayed in the AA Gallery’s main space from May 9 to June 6, 2015.

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Giulia Foscari´s “Elements of Venice” by Lars Muller Publisher

The metamorphic nature of Venice, a city in which most buildings underwent throughout the centuries substantial volumetric and formal transformations informed by political and cultural shifts, is revealed in Elements of Venice through the analysis of single architectural elements.

 

Developed as a parallel research project of Fundamentals—the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale curated by Rem Koolhaas—the book offers insights on Venetian facades, stairs, corridors, floors, ramps, ceilings, doors, hearths, windows, balconies and walls. It is composed by individual examples without apparent connection, apart from the narrative dictated by the original biennale 12 items.

 

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Despite its small size (16.5 × 12 cm), it guides us in a trip through almost 700 pages, with hundreds of diagrams, collages, drawings and original photos, alternating with historical documentation of the most varied type.

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Quito’s Pan-american Biennale 2014

One of South America’s most relevant architectural events has just taken place in Ecuador, from November 17th to 19th.

 

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The Bienal Panamericana de Arquitectura de Quito (Quito’s Panamerican Architectural Biennale) started its XIX edition on November 17th, under the motto of “From the house to the city, from the city to the house”. This event, honoured by Ecuador’s National Assembly and considered as one of the most relevant of its kind in South America, enables since 1978 a meeting point for architecture professionals to show their work and share contemporary ideas in an inclusive, discussion-friendly environment.

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Venice Biennale closing event: two conversations with Rem Koolhaas

Ending with a high note, the day before Biennale final closing, Saturday 22nd, two public events were organized with the attendance of the director of this year, Rem Koolhaas.

The 14th International Architecture Exhibition – Fundamentals – came to a close on Sunday 23 November 2014. The show, organized by the Biennale di Venezia presided over by Paolo Baratta and curated by Rem Koolhaas, has become the most controversial architecture iteration of the festival in recent memory — and the most popular, according to statistics released by the Biennale over the weekend, attracting 228,000 visitors  during the 6 months aperture period (7.06-23.11) according with the official data provided by the organization, in addition to the 12,214 visitors who attended the preview. These figures cannot be compared with the 178,000 visitors in 2012 (10,408 during the preview) due to the three-month opening period that year.

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