Dutch architect Koolhaas, curator of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, at the exhibition. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis, file)
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Koolhaas had no time to waste as he efficiently guided visitors through a one-hour tour of his "Elements of Architecture" show before it opened here last weekend as part of the Venice Biennale's 14th International Architecture Exhibition.The show covers nothing less than architecture's evolution from homo erectus' first man-made fire to heating fixtures of the future, focusing on the plainer elements: ceilings unnoticed overhead; corridors too quickly bypassed; those overlooked conveyances, elevators.In preparing for the Biennale, Koolhaas seemed thrilled to have found kindred spirits taken with the fundamentals of the architecture that surrounds us daily, such as a German professor's thesis on the corridor and an Italian scholar's study of false ceilings.Inside the Central Pavilion, the first stop on Koolhaas' exhibition tour is the ceiling.Koolhaas points to the beautiful, painted domed ceiling in the pavilion, from which he has suspended a cross-section of modern machinery with a partial false ceiling to hide it.
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