“Architects – we who change the world – have been oblivious or hostile to the manifestations of preservation,” said Rem Koolhaas at the opening of his manifesto-exhibition ‘Cronocaos’ (chronicles of chaos) at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale, where he presented intriguingly misplaced, juxtaposed, out of context, and conflicting facts and thoughts on preservation.
His exhibit provoked a new discourse on the topic by identifying two opposing forces: while increasing amounts of historically ‘valuable’ territories become off-limits for new development, other layers of more recent architecture which are deemed ‘ordinary’ are eradicated. The architect has spoken: “As the scale and importance of preservation escalates, the absence of a theory becomes dangerous… The current moment has almost no idea how to negotiate the coexistence of radical change and radical stasis.”
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscú Moscow (Russia).
Garage Center for Contemporary Culture / Iris Foundation.
OMA / Rem Koolhaas; Chris van Dujin (asociado responsable associate in charge).
Ekaterina Golovatyuk (responsable proyecto project architect); Form Bureau (arquitecto architect Garage); G. Cantoni, N. Friedman, C. Mare, J. Pacelli, C. Del Pozo, T, Shabey (equipo team).
Iwan Baan, Yuri Palmin, David X Putting/BFA.com.