CANCELLED – “Project for a New Decade: From City to Countryside” with Samir Bantal, Rem Koolhaas, Troy Conrad Therrien and Sarah Whiting

Workers in a sprawling greenhouse

Photo: Luca Locatelli, Koppert Cress, Netherlands, 2017

The event at the GSD has been cancelled. The event at the Guggenheim has been postponed indefinitely. We apologize for any inconvenience these changes may cause.


On the occasion of the exhibition Countryside, the Future, on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City from February 20 to August 14, 2020, the GSD and the Guggenheim Museum will co-organize two exciting events. The first, which will take place at the GSD on April 23, brings Samir Bantal, Rem Koolhaas, Troy Conrad Therrien and Sarah M. Whiting together for a conversation about the urgent environmental, political, and socioeconomic issues connected to “countrysides” around the globe. The second event, on April 24 at the Guggenheim Museum, will feature Koolhaas, Whiting, and a panel of distinguished guests who will enrich and deepen the conversation begun the night before. The program will be followed by an exhibition viewing, reception, and catalogue signing with Koolhaas.

Both events will be ticketed, and separate tickets will be required for each of the events.

PLEASE NOTE: As the event is now cancelled, all EventBrite tickets are considered null and void. GSD students who entered the lottery will not receive any further communications regarding entry or ticket assignments.

  • Tickets for the general public are now SOLD OUT. EventBrite tickets for members of the general public became available February 18 at 9:05 am and went very quickly. You can still add your name to the EventBrite waitlist; you will be alerted via EventBrite if a ticket becomes available.
  • GSD students wishing to attend the event must enter an internal ticket lottery. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the internal GSD student lottery will now be launched on Wednesday, March 4 (and not March 2 as previously announced). The lottery will be open from Wednesday, March 4 through 11:59 pm on Sunday, March 8. Results of the lottery will be announced the following week. GSD students will receive an email on the morning of March 4 with a link to enter the lottery.
  • A section of seating will be reserved, on a first come, first-served basis, for GSD faculty and staff members. If you have questions, please contact [email protected].




Join the conversation #countrysidethefuture on Twitter and #countrysidethefuture on Instagram.


Rem Koolhaas (Rotterdam, 1944) founded OMA in 1975 together with Elia and Zoe Zenghelis and Madelon Vriesendorp. He graduated from the Architectural Association in London and in 1978 published Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan. In 1995, his book S,M,L,XL summarized the work of OMA in “a novel about architecture”. He co-heads the work of both OMA and AMO, the research branch of OMA, operating in areas beyond the realm of architecture. His built work includes the Qatar National Library and the Qatar Foundation Headquarters (2018), Fondation Galeries Lafayette in Paris (2018), Fondazione Prada in Milan (2015/2018), Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow (2015), the headquarters for China Central Television (CCTV) in Beijing (2012), Casa da Musica in Porto (2005), Seattle Central Library (2004), and the Netherlands Embassy in Berlin (2003). Current projects include the Taipei Performing Arts Centre, a new building for Axel Springer in Berlin, and the Factory in Manchester. Koolhaas directed the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale and is Professor in Practice of Architecture and Urban Design at the GSD.


Troy Conrad Therrien is Curator, Architecture and Digital Initiatives at the Guggenheim Museum. Initially trained in computer engineering and mathematics, and later in architecture design and history, his work since has combined these fields. At the Guggenheim, he organized the museum’s first online exhibition, Åzone Futures Market (2015), and co-organized Architecture Effects (2018-2019) in Bilbao, and Countryside, The Future (2020) with AMO/Rem Koolhaas in New York. At Columbia University and the Architectural Association he teaches courses related to technology, magic, ancient architecture, and the anomalous.


Sarah M. Whiting, Dean and Josep Lluís Sert Professor of Architecture, joined the GSD as Dean in July 2019. . She is a design principal and co-founder of WW Architecture, and served as the Dean of Rice University’s School of Architecture from 2010 to 2019.

Whiting has taught at Princeton University, the University of Kentucky, the Illinois Institute of Technology, and the University of Florida, in addition to Rice and Harvard GSD. She frequently lectures throughout the US and abroad, and regularly serves as a critic of architecture and urban design. Prior to founding WW, Whiting worked with the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Peter Eisenman in New York; and Michael Graves in Princeton, New Jersey. She is an Associate member of the American Institute of Architects.

Whiting’s research is broadly interdisciplinary, with the built environment at its core.  An expert in architectural theory and urbanism, she has particular interests in architecture’s relationship with politics, economics, and society and how the built environment shapes the nature of public life. Her work has been published in leading journals and collections, and she is the founding editor of Point, a book series aimed at shaping contemporary discussions in architecture and urbanism.

Whiting’s writings have been published in journals ranging from ANY to Wired, as well as in collections including Shaping the City, Mies in America, Six Authors in Search of an Architect, andAn Architecture for all Senses: the Work of Eileen Gray. She edited Differences, a collection of essays by Ignasi de Solà-Morales and also served as reviews editor for the journal Assemblage from 1996 to 2001. She currently serves on the editorial boards of the journals LOG, The Plan, and Thresholds.

Dean Whiting received her Bachelor of Arts from Yale, her Master of Architecture from Princeton University, and her Doctor of Philosophy in the History and Theory of Architecture from MIT.


This event is co-organized by the GSD and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. A portion of the Countryside project was supported by the John Portman Visiting Professorship at the GSD.


Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the Public Programs Office at (617) 496-2414 or [email protected].