The Department of State has chosen New York-based nonprofit Storefront for Art and Architecture
to organize the United States’ pavilion at the Rem Koolhaas-directed 2014 Venice Architectural Biennale. Storefront director Eva Franch i Gilabert, Ana Miljački, and Ashley Schafer will curate the entry, titled “OfficeUS: Criticism by Re-making."
The installation will feature two components: the Repository, an exhibition archive of 1,000 projects by U.S. architecture firms from the last 100 years abroad, and the Office, comprising professionals whose mission is to critically remake and reinterpret the material in the Repository.
“Museums and history books present the last century of American architecture as one of singular buildings and singular figures,” the curators said in a statement. “But there is a parallel history of U.S.-designed buildings sprinkled throughout the world that remains under-examined. These are the buildings we are interested in, together with the offices that produced them.”
Storefront for Art and Architecture will produce the pavilion in association with the Praxis Journal. Participating architecture firms have yet to be announced.