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ALTS+ADDS – Countryside, The Future
20 Oct 2020 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm AEST$15 – $35
OMA is an international practice operating within the traditional boundaries of architecture and urbanism. AMO, a research and design studio, applies architectural thinking to domains beyond, and often works in parallel with OMA’s clients to fertilize architecture with intelligence from this array of disciplines.
In this special event, AMO director Samir Bantal will present Countryside, The Future—an exhibition currently on show at the Guggenheim that addresses urgent environmental, political, and socioeconomic issues through the lens of architect and urbanist Rem Koolhaas and Samir Bantal.
Countryside, The Future explores radical changes in the rural, remote, and wild territories collectively identified here as “countryside,” or the 98% of the Earth’s surface not occupied by cities, with a full rotunda installation premised on original research. The exhibition examines the modern conception of leisure, large-scale planning by political forces, climate change, migration, human and nonhuman ecosystems, market-driven preservation, artificial and organic coexistence, and other forms of radical experimentation that are altering landscapes across the world.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Samir Bantal is the Director of AMO, the research and design studio of OMA, a leading international practice in architecture and urbanism. Together with the Harvard School of Design, Samir leads Countryside. Besides Countryside Samir has worked with AMO on two research exhibitions: ‘Making Doha’ on the role of modern architecture in the development of the city of Doha on view at the National Museum of Qatar, and ‘Figures of Speech’ at the MCA Chicago, a retrospective on the work of renown designer Virgil Abloh which opened in June 2019. Samir has lead a number of design projects ranging from a new phone for Vodafone and a new retail concept for Korean car brand Genesis, to a high-rise mixed use tower in Casablanca. Samir was involved in the Image of Europe, an exhibition on the history and meaning of the European Union, including the rebranding the European flag and has contributed on publications, such as Project Japan and Al Manakh I.