OfficeUS, the U.S. Pavilion for the 2014 International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, reframes the history of U.S. architecture through the lens of export in two interrelated constructs: “The Office” and “The Repository”. The “Repository” presents 1000 projects designed by 200 US offices working abroad in a chronological archive of the last 100 years. Collectively these projects tell multiple, imbricated stories of U.S.
firms, typologies, and technologies, as well as a broader narrative of modernization and its global reach. The “Office” engages these projects, revisiting their premises and conclusions over the
course of the Biennale. It functions as a laboratory staffed by a diverse group of resident design partners collaborating with outpost offices and a rotating cast of visiting experts. Together, these two halves of OfficeUS create both an historical record of the U.S. contribution to global architectural thought, and a petri dish in which that record is submitted to contemporary agents of disruption and critique.
The outcome of this exhibition has resulted in three publications: the Agenda, the Atlas, and the Manual.
OfficeUS is curated by Eva Franch i Gilabert, Ana Miljački and Ashley Schafer and produced by Storefront for Art and Architecture, PRAXIS Journal, students from MIT’s Department of
Architecture and the Knowlton School at The Ohio State University, Leong Leong, Pentagram: Natasha Jen, CASE, Lars Müller, Architizer, and CLOG.
Edited by Eva Franch i Gilabert, Ana Miljački, Ahsley Schafer, Michael Kubo