AMO and the Harvard Graduate School of Design devoted a three-month studio in Rotterdam to exploring the (European) countryside. As cities cover 2% of the world’s surface, the research focuses on the 98% percent less accounted for to start understanding how – in the explicit absence of designers – this political, cultural, economic and tech-driven landscape is evolving and can function as a reservoir of ideas to speculate on the outcomes of the 21st century. De Dépendance hosts the final exhibition of this studio, which shows a brief multimedia inventory of initial interests and findings by the Harvard GSD students. The research-in-progress is presented in a lecture by Rem Koolhaas and discussed in a public debate with Niklas Maak, Sébastien Marot and Armen Avanessian.
Rem Koolhaas is co-founder and partner of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) and founder of AMO, the research branch of OMA. Koolhaas directed the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, is a Professor at Harvard University, and is preparing an exhibition for the Guggenheim Museum to open in 2020 entitled Countryside: Future of the World.