Archinect - Features 2014-11-22T10:22:49-05:00 http://archinect.com/features/article/105501323/screen-print-23-rem-magazine-interviews-philippe-rahm-and-ugo-la-pietra Screen/Print #23: REM magazine interviews Philippe Rahm and Ugo La Pietra Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-21T11:02:00-04:00 >2014-08-23T13:44:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vy/vy96xxzc8604di15.jpg" width="514" height="724" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It might be best to consider <em><a href="http://magazinerem.tumblr.com/interviews" target="_blank">REM magazine</a></em> as a performance, rather than a publication. The &ldquo;short-term&rdquo; magazine isn't solely about Koolhaas, but began publishing at the start of his Venice Biennale of Architecture in June, placing its feet firmly alongside other satellite exhibitions taking place during the Biennale. But <em>REM</em> isn&rsquo;t here to analyze &mdash; it&rsquo;s here to pit architects against one another in Koolhaas&rsquo; boxing ring.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/105250588/book-review-the-city-in-the-city-berlin-a-green-archipelago-a-manifesto Book Review: "The City in the City—Berlin: A Green Archipelago. A manifesto" Karen Lohrmann 2014-07-31T09:07:00-04:00 >2014-08-11T07:22:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l1/l17e36jvorn9dyys.jpg" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When its first seeds were presented in 1977, <a href="http://www.lars-mueller-publishers.com/en/die-stadt-in-der-stadt" target="_blank"><em>Berlin: A Green Archipelago</em></a> was a quiet, prescient manifesto. Oswald Mathias Ungers and a number of colleagues at&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/1544387/cornell-university" target="_blank">Cornell University</a> deviated from the intellectual tenets of current reconstruction efforts, seen in the post-war development of European cities, to propose a new model for the "shrinking city". The text's&nbsp;idea of a polycentric urban system really took hold in the 1990s, as urban planning discourse turned towards socioeconomic considerations of ebbing and flowing growth.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/103938664/art-architecture-an-interview-with-lagos-documentary-filmmaker-bregtje-van-der-haak Art + Architecture: an interview with Lagos documentary filmmaker Bregtje van der Haak Nicholas Korody 2014-07-16T18:29:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T16:35:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e5/e5yj30he2m5islm6.jpg" width="514" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Several weeks ago,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102646363/koolhaas-guides-viewers-through-bustling-lagos-in-this-interactive-documentary" target="_blank">we featured</a>&nbsp;Bregtje van der Haak's interactive documentary,&nbsp;<em>Lagos Close and Wide: an Interactive Journey into an Exploding City</em>, originally released as a DVD in 2004 and now available&nbsp;<a href="http://lagos.submarinechannel.com/" target="_blank">online</a>.&nbsp;The project emerged from van der Haak's 2001 trip to Lagos, Nigeria with the architect Rem Koolhaas and their attempt to capture the city at a crucial moment in its emergence as the fastest growing city on the continent. ("Every hour, fifty new people start their lives in Lagos" states the film's description). The documentary utilizes a novel and innovative format in which the information is organized by distance &ndash; close-up, through the perspective of bus driver Olawole Busayo, and the more distant perspective typical of many urban studies.&nbsp;Users choose between these visual perspectives as well as various audio by Koolhaas and Lagosians. We recently touched base with van der Haak to better understand her motivations behind the project and experiences of making it.</p>... http://archinect.com/features/article/103884029/koolhaas-wreaks-havoc-at-a-d-museum-s-s-m-l-xla-exhibition Koolhaas wreaks havoc at A+D Museum's "S,M,L,XLA" exhibition Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-14T11:02:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T19:02:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b9/b9eho4v2hfgxo570.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In the 1958 classic film "The Blob", a globular alien terrorizes a small Pennsylvanian town, ravenously absorbing everything and everyone in its path. It's formidable but silly looking at the same time, and the more it takes in the bigger and angrier it gets. Walking through the <a href="http://aplusd.org/" target="_blank">Architecture and Design Museum</a> at the opening of their <em><strong>S,M,L,XLA</strong></em> exhibition, at times it felt like The Blob had overtaken curation.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/103324398/op-ed-from-ex-cite-to-in-cite-reflecting-on-rem-s-biennale Op-Ed: From (EX)CITE to (IN)CITE, reflecting on Rem's Biennale Esther Sperber 2014-07-07T12:43:00-04:00 >2014-07-11T10:01:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nx/nxleo239b3xicwkv.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>EXCITE</strong></p><p>Rem Koolhaas, chief curator of the 2014 Venice Biennale, managed to excite us, again forcing us to rethink the <a href="http://www.labiennale.org/en/architecture/exhibition/elements/" target="_blank">Elements</a> and <a href="http://www.labiennale.org/en/architecture/exhibition/" target="_blank">Fundamentals</a> of architecture. For me, this is the first time I felt a real desire to visit the show, which I have always imagined to be more like an amusement park for new design.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/101728824/rem-s-venice-biennale-is-like-being-immersed-in-a-stormy-s-m-l-xl-with-a-glass-of-wine-and-hundreds-of-other-people Rem's Venice Biennale is "like being immersed in a stormy S,M,L,XL, with a glass of wine, and hundreds of other people" Terri Peters 2014-06-16T10:46:00-04:00 >2014-06-23T19:43:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ru/ru6bcb8mio6w1kv6.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Is Modernism &ldquo;history&rdquo;? How do Modern concepts, especially regarding representation, nature, technology and housing, relate to the current state of architecture? These were some overarching questions embedded in the 14th Venice Biennale of Architecture, curated by Rem Koolhaas. The show opened June 7th under the &ldquo;Fundamentals&rdquo; theme, and it is worth visiting for the important questions it raises about the current state of architecture and building.</p> http://archinect.com/features/article/55285437/manhattanisms-ram-s-vs-rem Manhattanisms : RAM(s) vs. REM Alex Maymind 2012-08-14T20:00:00-04:00 >2014-01-25T01:46:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6q/6qglz83d0quqdsaf.jpg" width="514" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em>by Alex Maymind &amp; Matthew Persinger</em></p><p><em>(published in </em><a href="http://pidginmagazine.com/" target="_blank">Pidgin Magazine</a>: Issue 11<em>, Princeton University School of Architecture, p. 208-219.)</em></p><p>&ldquo;In other words, it&rsquo;s Stern&rsquo;s commonness as opposed to his rarity, that makes his work so significant.&rdquo; - Mark Jarzombek[1]</p><p>&ldquo;Pretending histories left and right, its contents are dynamic yet stagnant, recycled or multiplied as in cloning: forms search for function like hermit crabs looking for a vacant shell . . .&rdquo; - Rem Koolhaas, Junkspace[2]</p>