Elements of Architecture: 14th Venice Architecture Biennale

Editor: "Elements of Architecture," Rem Koolhaas, author; James Westcott, Editor-in-Chief
Exhibit Team, "Elements of Architecture," Central Pavilion, XIV Venice Architecture Biennale, May-November 2014

With Harvard Graduate School of Design: 
Student/Research: Partition/Wall, and Foundation - 2012, AMO Mentor for Fall 2013 Harvard Project on the City Studio: wall, corridor, facade, window. 

From Vitruvius (firmitas, utilitas, venustas), to Gottfried Semper (hearth, roof, enclosure, mound) and Le Corbusier (The Five Points), the repertoire of Architecture could be seen as a history of discrete functional elements deployed by particular specific geographical milieux. Has our postmodern condition ruptured the stability of these once-identifiable elements, or do they still persist - albeit in degraded, if not debased, forms? 

Because Walls are immutable, we needed to develop Partitions that allow temporary configurations. The wall thus spawned its own counter-element: from the most solid, it became the flimsiest. An element once defined by structural utility took on a more ornamental and emotional role (if not a more sinister one). The Wall binds the extensive and the particular; an abstract, hidden system that manages adjacencies—privacy, visibility, safety, comfort, the elements themselves—through intervals in its section, the immediacy of it surface belies the power it yields over the spaces we inhabit.

De Dependance, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Novemmber 2012
La Biennale de Venezia, "Elements of Architecture," Central Pavilion, 2014

Elements of Architecture, Rem Koolhaas, editor; Irma Boom, designer; Marsilio Editori, 2014, Taschen (forthcoming)