United States of America
Office US reframes the history of US architecture as a story of export, showcasing the US as the world's largest exporter of architecture. The exhibit presents a chronological archive of US projects designed abroad from 1914 to 2014, along with a laboratory staffed by design partners and critic-consultants. The exhibit aims to create a historical record of the US's contribution to global architectural thought and provoke alternative futures.
Supermarket sweep… the Latvian pavilion which has been transformed into a minimart.
This contribution brings a little levity to the long trek through the halls of the Arsenale.
Choice as the basis of architectural process, the pop aesthetics emphasizing the languages of consumption as in Hamilton or Warhol: everything is structured by the dynamics of commerce.
Welcome to T/C Latvija, surely the most instagrammed installation of this edition of the Biennale
Smart? Brilliant? Ironic?
Latvia is reopening the archive boxes once again, reminding us (including the Biennial Presidency) of everything that has already been thought up and invented, and inviting us to place the most urgently needed products in the basket, to combine them with one another, and ultimately consume all the knowledge.
Fun, colourful and thought-provoking, it offers a tongue-in-cheek moment to the Arsenale sequence...