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Rem Koolhaas to curate 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale

January 09, 2013|By David Ng
  • Rem Koolhaas, left, and Joshua Ramus of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture at the Central Library in Seattle in 2004.
Rem Koolhaas, left, and Joshua Ramus of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture… (Ron Wurzer / Getty Images )

Dutch starchitect Rem Koolhaas has been tapped to curate one of architecture's most high-profile events -- the Venice Architecture Biennale. Koolhaas will curate the 2014 edition of the Biennale, taking over from British architect David Chipperfield, who directed this year's edition. 

Koolhaas' appointment was announced Tuesday by the Biennale's board of directors. Koolhaas heads the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, one of the most prominent architecture firms in the world. The firm has worked on many famous structures, including Seattle's Central Library and the CCTV building in Beijing.

The Biennale released a statement from Koolhaas in which he said he would like "to take a fresh look at the fundamental elements of architecture -- used by any architect, anywhere, any time -- to see if we can discover something new about architecture."

Koolhaas received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Biennale in 2010. He was awarded the Pritzker Prize, the highest honor in architecture, in 2000.


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