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Volume: Special Issue on 14th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice, online on ISSUU.

14th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice

How to Build a Nation

7th June – 23rd November 2014

Curator: Rem Koolhaas

For the first time, a general theme was given to the national pavilions at this year’s Architecture Biennale in Venice. They were to be historical shows, focused on the impact of modernity on a country’s architecture. What it produced was not just a global survey of twentieth century construction, but also heroic stories of nation-building. Yes, architecture can build nations. Today, we seem far from that notion. The nation-state is either giving up on itself, or exploited through tyrannical regimes. Meanwhile architects are hardly taking up the cause.

Read Volume #41, The Venice Issue, online on ISSUU.