Alessandro Orsini writes on Il Giornale dell’Architettura about the Biennale 2014:
“Architecture is bound to situation,” wrote Steven Holl in his 1989 book Anchoring, a manifesto which became a major driving force through his entire career.
Under the direction of Rem Koolhaas, the next Venice Architecture Biennale focuses on “fundamentals” by comparatively looking at histories, attempting a reconstruction of how architecture finds itself in its current situation, and speculating on its future. In particular, the main section “Elements of Architecture” will pay close attention to the fundamentals of our buildings, used by all architects all the time—the floor, the wall, the ceiling, the roof, the door, the window, the façade, the stair, etc.—and examine how they have evolved over time, and how modernity has diminished vernacular specificity.
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