Amanda Reeser Lawrence, Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture, is editing OfficeUS Agenda, the official Catalogue for the OfficeUS, the US Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Biennale in Venice, which will open in June 2014. Lawrence is a founding coeditor of the journal PRAXIS, which was selected as co-organizer of the US Pavilion.
Biennale director Rem Koolhaas proposed “Fundamentals” as the overarching theme, and asked each of the national pavilions to respond to the topic “Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014.” The US pavilion will include a repository of 1,000 projects designed and built abroad by 100 US architects over the past 100 years as well as an architecture “office” that, over the 25 weeks of the Biennale, will reimagine those 1,000 projects through key issues that the curators have chosen.
Working with the show’s curators, Lawrence has brought together leading scholars (including CAMD’s own Ivan Rupnik) to explore one hundred years of America’s global architectural export. The book features maps, timelines, visual narratives, and essays documenting the global influence of the US architectural office over the past century, weaving new histories of this material and featuring extensive never-before published material.
Stay tuned for more information about the Biennale itself, including photos from Lawrence’s visit to the Press Opening in early June, and details about a CAMD event in the Fall!