August 28, 2012

Public Works - exhibition, by OMA.

Built for the greater good by bureaucrats.

This year's exhibition by OMA, Rem Koolhaas, shows 15 buildings, across different European cities, designed by architects employed by the public sector.

"In the late 1960s and early 1970s, large public works departments were common in Europe. Many of these departments employed architects, who, as civil servants, worked to serve the public cause. Even today, the legacy - the public buildings that remain standing - looks refreshingly modern and innovative."

The show is a mix of photographic record of the buildings in their current state and archival material - in an exhibition space that reflects the current vandalized condition of the former visionary projects.

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Venice Architecture Biennale: Reinier de Graaf on OMA's Public Works: Architecture by Civil Servants exhibition from BD Online on Vimeo.