The official catalog of the 14th Venice Biennale of Architecture — a global overview of architecture of the last one hundred years. The emphasis of the 2014 Biennale is on architectural history. Each country is asked to narrate its history over the last one hundred years in relation to the idea of modernity. Has national identity been sacrificed on the altar of modernity? This is the issue that the Biennale is called on to address.
7th June – 23rd November 2014
Sites: Arsenale and Giardini
Director appointed by President Paolo Baratta
The exhibition was the result of research carried under the guidance of the curator, who reserved a specific topic for the contribution of pavilions (Absorbing Modernity 1914-2014), whose number rose to 66. Koolhaas also featured the fundamentals of our buildings, used by any architect, anywhere, anytime: the floor, the wall, the ceiling, the roof, the door, the window, the façade, etc. (Elements of Architecture). Furthermore, in the Monditalia section some aspects of the reality of Italy were represented by ad hoc research.
Debates, meetings and talks enriched this Architecture Biennale, that had a duration of six months due to the intensity and the scope of the project. The show attracted 228,000 visitors in addition to the 12,214 visitors who attended the preview. The young and students represented 45% of overall visitors. Students who visited the exhibition in groups represented 20% of the public attending.
Golden Lion for Best National Participation: Korea
Silver Lion for a National Participation: Chile
Silver Lion for the Best Research Project of the Monditalia section: Sales Oddity. Milano 2 and the Politics of Direct-to-home TV Urbanism by Andrés Jaque/Office for Political Innovation
Special Mentions to National Participations: Canada, France, Russia
Special Mentions to research projects of the Monditalia section:
– Radical Pedagogies: ACTION-REACTION-INTERACTION by Beatriz Colomina, Britt Eversole, Ignacio G. Galán, Evangelos Kotsioris, Anna-Maria Meister, Federica Vannucchi, Amunátegui Valdés Architects, Smog.tv
– Intermundia by Ana Dana Beroš
– Italian Limes by Folder
Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement: Phyllis Lambert