Archinect - News 2016-10-24T04:52:36-04:00 Koolhaas speaks at the GSD: architecture is "clearly dedicated to political correctness" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-10-07T13:05:00-04:00 >2016-10-10T16:02:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"I see architecture as almost a political work" [...] &ldquo;We are in a radically divided world&rdquo; in which &ldquo;architecture is not dealing with those political issues in a really sophisticated way,&rdquo; [...] &ldquo;I think that both the art world and the architecture world &hellip; [are] pretty intolerant in terms of engaging&rdquo; with political worlds beyond Western democracies."</p></em><br /><br /><p>More recent news from Rem and OMA:</p><ul><li><a title="OMA's plans for Axel Springer building officially released" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA's plans for Axel Springer building officially released</a></li><li><a title="Watch live: Rem Koolhaas is moderating a 12-hour marathon of interviews on the future of Europe" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Watch live: Rem Koolhaas is moderating a 12-hour marathon of interviews on the future of Europe</a></li><li><a title="OMA's hyper Corb" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA's hyper Corb</a></li><li><a title="To thrive post-Zaha, Koolhaas says ZHA should emulate high fashion brands" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To thrive post-Zaha, Koolhaas says ZHA should emulate high fashion brands</a></li><li><a title='"The first major architect who disconnected the profession completely from angst": Rem on Bjarke' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The first major architect who disconnected the profession completely from angst": Rem on Bjarke</a></li></ul> OMA's plans for Axel Springer building officially released Julia Ingalls 2016-10-06T13:20:00-04:00 >2016-10-10T23:03:48-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="459" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>OMA's Axel Springer building, which received the official launch from its namesake company today, visually confronts the disparate nature of modern office work. The 30-foot tall atrium with 3D facade elements creates a stage for unscripted interaction, while the more discreet sections of the building provide focused, quiet working space for 3,500 employees. The building will also feature a publicly-accessible park on its top.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>As Rem Koolhaas noted, &ldquo;Over the years, Berlin has been a profound source of inspiration, and with Axel Springer we are thrilled to continue our long engagement with this city.<br>We are lucky to have a client who views architecture as an instrument of change, and with this building, we hope to address a central dilemma of the contemporary office: as computer-based work has become largely intangible and silent, how can people effectively<br>communicate in a workspace which fosters both concentration and vigorous interaction?&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more on the Axel Springer building:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA wi...</a></li></ul> OMA revamps 13th c. Fondaco dei Tedeschi in Venice Nicholas Korody 2016-10-03T14:02:00-04:00 >2016-10-09T23:32:27-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&nbsp;Standing at the foot of the Rialto Bridge in Venice since 1228, the Fondaco dei Tedeschi has had many lives: a trading post for German merchants, a customs house in the Napoleonic era, a post office during Mussolini&rsquo;s regime. It survived two fires and extensive architectural interventions under fascism. Now, following a major renovation by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA</a>, the Fondaco has opened as a department store.</p><p>The extended history of the Fondaco brought it historic &ldquo;monument status&rdquo; in 1987&mdash;despite its objective &ldquo;lack of authenticity&rdquo;, as the press release states, which prohibited major changes by OMA. Instead, the project, which was led by Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Rem Koolhaas, Silvia Sandor and Francesco Moncada included a series of discreet interventions with large visual impact, &ldquo;vertical distribution devices&rdquo;, as well as new programming.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>New entrances have been carved out to accompany the existing ones, while bright red escalators &ldquo;create a new public route through the building&rdquo;. Graphic patte...</p> One-to-One #39 with Tomas Koolhaas, filmmaker and son of Rem Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-26T18:13:00-04:00 >2016-09-28T22:54:42-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Tomas Koolhaas is a filmmaker in Los Angeles, whose most recent project, a documentary about his father Rem, recently premiered at the Venice Film Festival. REM follows its titular architect around the world, visiting his projects and investigating their human impact. Aware of his special perspective on the film's subject, Tomas didn't want the film to be a teary biopic or heady architectural salvo, but something more impressionistic and accessible, appealing to emotions over intellectualism. We speak about managing family relationships in creative work, his influences as a filmmaker, and film's role in architectural media at large.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a>&nbsp;#39 with&nbsp;<strong>Tomas Koolhaas</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen&nbsp;and subscribe to the new&nbsp;"Archinect Sessions One-to-One" podcast</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p><p><strong>Shownotes</strong>:</p><p><em>REM</em>'s trailer:</p><p></p><p>Screenshots from REM&nbsp;&darr;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Film...</p> Watch the official trailer for Tomas Koolhaas' upcoming documentary, 'REM' Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-15T17:48:00-04:00 >2016-09-29T13:47:20-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Perhaps no one is better situated to forge a behind-the-scenes look at Rem Koolhaas than his son, Tomas Koolhaas. The LA-based filmmaker just wrapped up '<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">REM</a>', a documentary about his father as he travels the world and reflects on his work.</p><p><strong><em>Related: Listen to Tomas Koolhass talk about REM on Archinect's 1:1 podcast:</em></strong></p><p></p><p>The latest in a spate of docu-homages to their famous architect parents, 'REM' follows the likes of 'My Architect' (Louis Kahn) and 'Learning from Bob and Denise' (Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, as of yet unreleased), as a documentary&nbsp;tailored to be more of a humanistic portrait than investigative expos&eacute;.</p><p>'REM' will officially premiere at the Venice Film Festival this September (check out&nbsp;<em>The Guardian</em>'s preview <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>). Trailers are below:</p><p></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OFFICIAL TRAILER FOR 'REM' DOCUMENTARY</a> from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tomas koolhaas</a> on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vimeo</a>.</p><p></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">REM OFFICIAL TRAILER #2</a> from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tomas koolhaas</a> on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vimeo</a>.</p> Could This Glass-Enclosed Farm/Condo Grow on Rem Koolhaas’ High Line Site? Alyssa Alimurung 2016-08-05T13:23:00-04:00 >2016-08-10T23:31:21-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From multidisciplinary architectural firm Weston Baker Creative comes this vision of glass and grass in the form of a mixed-use high-rise springing from the Rem Koolhaas parcel on banks of the High Line. As reported, the mixed-use concept would include residences, an art gallery and ten levels of indoor farming terraces.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> With EU Referendum fast approaching, Rem Koolhaas speaks out against 'Brexit' Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-17T12:59:00-04:00 >2016-06-24T10:50:47-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="482" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>world-renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, who recently chaired a 12-hour debate on "what is Europe?", argues the EU has been a good thing for his country and for the UK, where he began his architecture studies in the 1960s. Sitting in his Rotterdam office, he told me the Brexit camp was full of people who "fundamentally want to change England back to the way it was before" and lamented the way, as he sees it, the EU has been used as a scapegoat.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Koolhaas joins many other architects, including David Chipperfield, Richard Rogers, David Adjaye and Thomas Heatherwick, who oppose Britain leaving the EU, and support a "no" vote come the 'Brexit' decision at the upcoming EU Referendum on June 23.</p><p>For more behind 'Brexit':</p><ul><li><a title="Watch live: Rem Koolhaas is moderating a 12-hour marathon of interviews on the future of Europe" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Watch live: Rem Koolhaas is moderating a 12-hour marathon of interviews on the future of Europe</a></li><li><a title='Say no to a "Brexit," says David Chipperfield' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Say no to a "Brexit," says David Chipperfield</a></li></ul> Watch live: Rem Koolhaas is moderating a 12-hour marathon of interviews on the future of Europe Nicholas Korody 2016-06-01T12:34:00-04:00 >2016-06-03T00:59:25-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Forum on European Culture, an initiative of DutchCulture and De Balie, is hosting "1 Night, 12 Hours, 100 Questions," a marathon of interviews centered around the question: What is Europe?</p><p>Moderated by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rem Koolhaas</a> alongside&nbsp;political theorist Luuk van Middelaar and De Balie&rsquo;s director Yoeri Albrecht, the form of the event, a part of the larger initiative #ReCreatingEurope, is inspired by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hans Ulrich Obrist</a>'s marathons held annually at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Serpentine Galleries</a>. It's happening now.</p><p>The fate of the European Union, and the pan-European project in general, has never been so uncertain. Tensions are rising on the continent as an influx of refugees and the fallout from nearly a decade of austerity politics contribute to growing nationalist movements.&nbsp;In a few weeks, Britain will have a referendum to determine whether or not to stay within the Union. This context will likely background the 24-hour marathon.</p><p>The roster of interviewees includes:&nbsp;Inne Olders, Ingo Niermann, Joeri Jansen, Piet...</p> Valorizing the Normal: Reflections on the 2016 AIA National Convention, ft. special guest Fred Scharmen on Archinect Sessions #65 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-26T18:22:00-04:00 >2016-06-06T16:01:43-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Donna, Ken and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fred</a> all converged in the meatspace that was the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA National Convention</a> last week in Philadelphia&mdash;to explore the massive Expo floor, visit local architecture, vote on resolutions and watch those keynotes (!) by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Louis-Dreyfus</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neri Oxman</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rem Koolhaas</a>. Spoiler alert: Rem's was the most boring.</p><p>For more information about the resolutions up for debate at the convention, check out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our episode with Gregory Walker</a> covering unpaid internships and WTC-truthers.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>And don't forget to check out our ongoing coverage of the 2016 Venice Biennale &ndash; we collaborated with the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taubman students setting up the US Pavilion</a>, have a bunch of interviews with curators in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Features</a>, and will soon be publishing dispatches from Venice to the News.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 65 of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Valorizing the Normal":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:...</li></ul> OMA's hyper Corb Orhan Ayyüce 2016-05-17T20:31:00-04:00 >2016-05-21T22:01:27-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>OMA&rsquo;s design for the National Art Museum of China in 2011 was planned as a city, revolutionizing the way in which museum&rsquo;s work today. Like any city, circulation can be efficient and direct &ndash; for larger groups &ndash; or meandering and individual. The story of Chinese art can be told, or discovered. The main circulation of the city is based on a five-pointed star that leads from the multiple entry points on the periphery to the centre.- OMA on Instagram</p></em><br /><br /><p>I had to think twice or more, but I think my title for this plan works.</p> To thrive post-Zaha, Koolhaas says ZHA should emulate high fashion brands Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-17T17:44:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:44:21-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="468" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rem Koolhaas said Zaha Hadid Architects could survive the death of its founder if it feeds on her architectural DNA. [...] &ldquo;I think there is a model these days where fashion houses survive by working on the DNA of their founders,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It is a model that is becoming more and more current and it could work in architecture too, I think.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Impromptu Zaha Hadid retrospective planned for Venice Biennale" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Impromptu Zaha Hadid retrospective planned for Venice Biennale</a></li><li><a title="ZHA after Zaha: Patrik Schumacher on Zaha and what's next for the firm, on Archinect Sessions #61" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ZHA after Zaha: Patrik Schumacher on Zaha and what's next for the firm, on Archinect Sessions #61</a></li><li><a title="Zaha Hadid Architects to continue under Patrik Schumacher's leadership" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects to continue under Patrik Schumacher's leadership</a></li><li><a title="Zaha Hadid Dies at Age 65" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Dies at Age 65</a></li></ul> "The first major architect who disconnected the profession completely from angst": Rem on Bjarke Nicholas Korody 2016-04-21T13:08:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T23:41:31-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Contrary to many, maybe including himself, I do not consider Bjarke Ingels the reincarnation of this or that architect from the past. On the contrary, he is the embodiment of a fully fledged new typology, which responds perfectly to the current zeitgeist. Bjarke is the first major architect who disconnected the profession completely from angst. He threw out the ballast and soared.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"With that, he is completely in tune with the thinkers of Silicon Valley, who want to make the world a better place without the existential hand-wringing that previous generations felt was crucial to earn utopianist credibility," writes Rem Koolhaas for <em>TIME</em>'s&nbsp;2016 list of the "100 Most Influential People".</p><p>"We are friends," Koolhaas continues. "Once, during lunchtime, I used his office to prepare a competition presentation. (We lost.) On the menu that day was quiche. Wow, I wondered, so you can do great architecture without violating anyone&rsquo;s comfort zone?"</p><p>Ingels once worked for Koolhaas at OMA before starting BIG. Since then, they've competed against each other for commissions. Ingels once described their dynamic as "oedipal" in regards to a competition for a project in Miami.</p><p>For more on BIG and OMA, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A tour of OMA's Pierre Lassonde Pavilion</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG in Paris: Bjarke Ingels to design for Galeries Lafayette on Champs-&Eacute;lys&eacute;es</a></li><li><a href="http://Shohei%20Shigematsu%20of%20OMA%20transforms%20the%20Met%20for%20the%20spring%20Costume%20Institute%20exhibit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shohei Shigematsu of OMA transforms the Met ...</a></li></ul> OMA releases renderings of event + project space in Dubai Julia Ingalls 2016-03-16T14:09:00-04:00 >2016-03-16T21:06:15-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="460" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dubai's desire to become a (tasteful)</a> global cultural center is gaining further traction with an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA</a>-designed events and project space for local art-scene hub Alserkal Avenue. The 1,000 square meter gallery features four movable walls which can either rotate or slide within a flexible floor plan, and a set of transparent sliding entry doors that are designed to erase the boundary between inside and out (and visually connect the space to the exterior, plant-laden public square). A customized concrete spray will cover the exterior walls.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>This visual continuity echoes Alserkal Avenue Director&nbsp;Vilma Jurkute's&nbsp;hope that the space will "facilitate a closer dialogue between east and west while strengthening the infrastructure for the arts locally.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Rem Koolhaas and Kunlé Adeyemi sit down with Guardian Cities to discuss Lagos Alexander Walter 2016-02-29T14:53:00-05:00 >2016-03-01T11:55:33-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 1997 two architects set out to rethink Lagos, an African megacity that had been largely abandoned by the state. Amid the apparent chaos and crime, they discovered remarkable patterns of organisation. Two decades later, Rem Koolhaas and Kunl&eacute; Adeyemi discuss the past, present and future of the city &ndash; and reveal why their own project never saw the light of day</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>" was the ultimate dysfunctional city &ndash; but actually, in terms of all the initiatives and ingenuity, it mobilised an incredibly beautiful, almost utopian landscape of independence and agency."</em> - Rem Koolhaas</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Koolhaas guides viewers through bustling Lagos in this interactive documentary</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What Makoko can teach about "organic" urban development</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Lagos the poorest are paying the price of progress</a></li></ul> "The Trumpeteers" – LACMA gets Lautner, AIA gets Spacey on Archinect Sessions #53 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-18T18:27:00-05:00 >2016-02-28T00:06:38-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We swear, no BIG or Trump on this episode. We discuss the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">donation of Lautner's breathtaking Sheats-Goldstein house</a>, complete with jungle, nightclub and infinity tennis court, to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, to become the museum's first acquired piece of architecture (along with a sizable endowment for maintenance). The U.S. saw a major step forward into the realm of driverless cars, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told Google that its <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">computers in autonomous vehicles could legally be counted as drivers</a>, while the internet ogled Nissan's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">self-parking office chairs</a>.</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>It's also that time of year again, when the AIA announces the keynote speakers for its National Convention (check out our podcast on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">last year's convention in Atlanta</a>), and this year's threw us for a loop &ndash; first, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">actor Kevin Spacey was named as Day 1 speaker</a>, and praised for his "disruption" of "appointment television". Neri Oxman will give the Day 2 keynote, a very solid choice if not somew...</p> Rem Koolhaas to deliver keynote on day 3 of AIA National Conference Nicholas Korody 2016-02-17T18:31:00-05:00 >2016-04-19T19:14:26-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="482" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If you're planning to head to this year's AIA National Conference in Philadelphia, you're in for what should be a great talk: Rem Koolhaas, renowned founder and principal of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), has just been announced as the keynote speaker for the third day of the conference.</p><p>The aptly-titled talk, "Delirious Philadelphia", is described as a "a kick in the pants from Koolhaas" in the announcement. Besides riffing on the title of his seminal 1978 book, scant information on the specifics of his address is given, with organizers instead favoring copy like: "Explore your imagination and share ideas that catch fire&mdash;with inspiration from one of the world&rsquo;s most visionary collaborators."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The 2016 annual AIA National Conference will be held this year from May 18-21 in a "171,000 sq ft temporary built environment" in Philadelphia. The other keynote addresses will be given by the actor <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kevin Spacey</a> and the architect Neri Oxman of MIT's Mediated Matter research group...</p> Selective memory: Old Penn Station, ruined before it was ruined Julia Ingalls 2015-12-30T13:50:00-05:00 >2016-02-29T17:56:59-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="649" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What they weren&rsquo;t trivializing or coarsening with commerce, railroad executives were simply neglecting. Whether desperately or cynically, they seemed to understand that redevelopment of their money-losing, nine-acre station would be more palatable if the public could be made to forget the glories of Mr. McKim&rsquo;s original design. Pink granite walls were allowed to turn gray. Straw-colored travertine looked nicotine-stained. Jules Guerin&rsquo;s murals disappeared under veils of grime.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">destruction of Old Penn Station</a> in favor of its soulless, uninspiring replacement has garnered an ample share of outraged pixels&mdash;but what if the long-accepted narrative has a twist? Apparently, the inspiring sweep and elegance that is so often attributed to Penn Station had fallen victim to maintenance shortfalls and a corporate indifference (as well as the ghastly glare of modern technology, like Coke vending machines). Which makes us wonder: how frequently do we glamorize buildings or places that weren't actually all that? More importantly, as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rem Koolhaas</a>&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">explored in his 2011 exhibition "Cronocaos"</a>&nbsp;at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New Museum</a>, is our desire for preservation choking off genuine architectural innovation?&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Rem Koolhaas to design Manchester arts center, "The Factory" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-30T14:46:00-05:00 >2015-12-01T14:17:53-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rem Koolhaas/OMA will design The Factory, the proposed &pound;110 million (approx. US$166.3 million) Manchester Arts Centre in England. Koolhaas won the commission ... over fellow starchitects including Zaha Hadid, Mecanoo, Grimshaw Architects, Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly, DS+R, and Haworth Tompkins. [...] Named after the Manchester-based record label, The Factory is described as a cutting-edge, flexible cultural institution that ... will also be a major component in the cultural redevelopment of the city.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A Tale of two cities: The archipelago and the enclave Orhan Ayyüce 2015-10-19T14:33:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T16:25:49-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="426" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The question to be addressed by confronting these different types of &lsquo;enclaves&rsquo;, is of the role of architect and the scarce influence of the architectural practice to affect the social realm. The intangible architectures that emerge from these urban ecologies create a wider system; an archipelago of enclaves can be found from one place to another, from one epoch to the next one</p></em><br /><br /><p>A big picture on "enclaves and archipelagos as built environment and social realities cities need to ultimately adopt and use these systems in their developmental urban design projects.&nbsp;</p><p>"This is a tale of two cities. One, designed and dreamt by the architect. The other, the result of regional, political and economic border disputes. The intangible architectures that conceptually emerge when we think on the relationship between the physical geography and the human geography, can be found in both cases through the notion of enclave. One, an architectural proposal, well designed and trying to challenge the rules of urban planning on those years. The latter, an example of several worldwide studies where the geopolitical situation provokes the creation of &lsquo;a city in the city&rsquo; &mdash;in Ungers&rsquo; words&mdash; by the enclaves that conforms these contemporary archipelagos of exclusion." [1]</p><p>[1]Florian Hertweck and S&eacute;bastien Marot (eds.),&nbsp;<em>The City in the City, Berlin: a Green Archipelago</em>&nbsp;(Lars M&uuml;ller Publi...</p> The first-ever AV Monograph on Rem Koolhaas focuses on the last 12 years Nicholas Korody 2015-09-22T20:03:00-04:00 >2016-04-19T21:28:20-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="594" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Spanish-publisher&nbsp;Arquitectura Viva just published a new monograph on Rem Koolhaas, their first-ever on the Dutch architect. Focusing on work since he won the Pritzker in 2000, the monograph includes&nbsp;an essay and twelve critical texts by Luis Fern&aacute;ndez-Galiano alongside images of some of the most notable projects by OMA / AMO over the last twelve years.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The 240 page volume is available for &euro;55, or&nbsp;&euro;28 for the digital edition. Visit AV's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a> for more information.</p><p><br>Check out some of the images below:<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Sale of Twombly painting to help fund OMA-designed addition to the Wilshire Boulevard Temple Nicholas Korody 2015-09-16T20:59:00-04:00 >2015-09-17T10:17:37-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It's something like cultural alchemy: the sale of a single painting is set to pay for half of a new OMA-designed annex space for the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, according to an announcement made today by the congregation. Donated by the philanthropist&nbsp;Audrey Irmas, the painting is a 1968 "blackboard"&nbsp;painting by the artist Cy Twombly.</p><p>Actually, according to predicted figures, the sale of the&nbsp;eight-foot-wide, grey-and-white painting would just about cover the $60 million price tag of the new building. As reported by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the New York Times</a>, the sale of a similar, but smaller, painting last year at Christie's brought in $69.9 million.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Irmas is a long-time congregant at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, the oldest in Lost Angeles and a historic center for the Jewish community.<br><br>&ldquo;I am thrilled and honored to be a part of the new addition designed by the world renowned Rem Koolhaas and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture&nbsp;at Wilshire Boulevard Temple," Irmas stated.&nbsp;<br><br>According to the press release...</p> Prada vs Louis Vuitton: The new fashion foundations compared Alexander Walter 2015-06-17T14:14:00-04:00 >2015-06-22T20:23:05-04:00 <img src="" width="598" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Money is not an issue here&rdquo; is the motto that leaps out at you in both the Prada and Vuitton Foundation museums, although in Paris it is thrown into high relief on the building&rsquo;s facade by the almost vulgar silver logo of Louis Vuitton&mdash;the star company in the LVMH group.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The new OMA-designed Garage Museum opens in Moscow Nicholas Korody 2015-06-12T17:47:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T18:29:09-04:00 <img src="" width="611" height="603" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The design is relatively straightforward and free of OMA&rsquo;s usual quirky structural tricks, once you get past the sliding entrance portals. Plywood-lined steps...lead you to an educational area, where visitors can explore the Garage digital archive, and back down the terraced levels of a bookshop. Up on the main gallery floor, there&rsquo;s a big open space, currently filled with ping-pong antics...When the building is finally completed in [Sept.], a big red staircase will lead up to an open roof-deck.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art opened this week in Moscow. Described by Rem Koolhaas as "not restoring the building, but preserving its decay," the OMA-helmed intervention comprised sheathing a Soviet-era restaurant in a polycarbonate skin. Funded by&nbsp;Dasha Zhukova, the museum is launching&nbsp;with&nbsp;exhibits by&nbsp;Rirkrit Tiravanija,&nbsp;Yayoi Kusama, and Taryn Simon.</p><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Koolhaas-designed Garage Museum pavilion prepares for grand opening</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rem Koolhaas and Dasha Zhukova share what's in store for the new Garage Museum</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Garage Museum Teaches an Old Building New Tricks</a></li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&#8203;</a><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Koolhaas-designed Garage Museum pavilion prepares for grand opening Alexander Walter 2015-06-09T19:36:00-04:00 >2015-06-15T21:17:24-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dasha Zhukova&rsquo;s Garage Museum for Contemporary Art is due to open the doors of its new $27m home in Gorky Park to invited guests on 10 June and the public two days later. The museum is housed in a Soviet-era pavilion that has been converted by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas [...]. In another riff on the building&rsquo;s architecture, Garage will be hosting a conference in October on Soviet Modernism, a project of the Austrian curator Georg Sch&ouml;llhammer [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>To learn more about Garage's new Gorky Park building, click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rem Koolhaas and Dasha Zhukova share what's in store for the new Garage Museum</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Garage Museum Teaches an Old Building New Tricks</a></li></ul> Editor's Picks #417 Nam Henderson 2015-05-28T13:45:00-04:00 >2015-05-29T13:12:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;spoke on the phone with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Goldberger about the relevance of criticism in the social media age</a>.&nbsp;<strong>davvid</strong> was at least somewhat pleased "<em>Its about time we start talking about this stuff. I'm not convinced that Goldberger has a good handle on it, but at least he's trying</em>". Later <strong>DWLindeman</strong> added "<em>I've always admired Paul Goldberger's support of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown...What I still don't understand, was his support of the Foster plan for the main research branch of the New York Public Library</em>".</p><p>Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;reviewed the much hyped <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A One-Night Stand for Art and Architecture</a>.&nbsp;<strong>b3tadine[sutures]</strong> wondered "<em>why does it come off to me as if this was my mom explaining sex to me?...Where are the closed circuit televisions, the oft rumored illicit video cameras, where is the risk?</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Justine Testado</a>&nbsp;posted the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">news</a> that The Design Museum in London had selected the Category Winners for their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designs of the Year</a> 2015.&nbsp;<strong>BulgarBlogger</strong>&nbsp;couldn&rsquo;t help complaining ...</p> SPIEGEL interviews Koolhaas: "We shouldn't tear down buildings we can still use" Alexander Walter 2015-05-19T15:00:00-04:00 >2015-05-21T11:54:49-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas talks to SPIEGEL about&nbsp;the new&nbsp;Fondazione Prada museum he&nbsp;designed&nbsp;in Milan, the danger of turning cities into historical Disneylands and his desire to raze an entire neighborhood of Paris. [...] Koolhaas: Before the 1980s, the decisions were made by cities. Since then power has shifted toward private investors. Nothing good has come of this for Holland. [...] I regret that cities no longer have money to even pursue a vision of their ongoing development.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Translucent oppositions. OMA’s proposal for the 1980 Venice Architecture Biennale Orhan Ayyüce 2015-05-12T11:44:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T22:38:09-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="387" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"Here is a nice excursion into the early days of the discussion on facades and how to avoid them. Wish I had seen it in real, and at the time. " - via <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Karen Lohrmann</a></p><p>Some excerpts from the conversation between Rem Koolhaas, Stefano de Martino and&nbsp;L&eacute;a-Catherine&nbsp;Szacka&nbsp;discussing post modernism, 1980 Venice Architecture Biennale and the opposition to facadism from the early collaborators.</p><p>A historical delight!</p><p><em><strong>Stefano de Martino&nbsp;</strong><strong>[</strong><strong>SdM</strong><strong>]</strong><strong>:</strong>&nbsp;The piece of canvas was a temporary screen &ndash; the only concession to an exterior presence was the OMA neon sign. We did not play the formalist game, proving that architecture can be very little, that you can concentrate on content.</em></p><p><em><strong>Rem Koolhaas:&nbsp;</strong>I hated the idea of having to do a facade, even more a facade to represent oneself. So there were essentially a number of things that we wanted to avoid.</em></p><p><em><strong>SdM:</strong>&nbsp;We were never into </em><em>facadism</em><em>. Maybe now that it&rsquo;s all about facades, you don&rsquo;t hear this word anymore, but at the time it was an insult. We saw the&nbsp;Strada Noviss...</em></p> This Wes Anderson-designed bar is retro with a capital R Alexander Walter 2015-05-08T13:53:00-04:00 >2015-06-08T11:16:13-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="959" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Filmmaker Wes Anderson has a knack for creating fictional spaces with attention paid&nbsp;to the last excruciating detail.&nbsp;His latest space&nbsp;is real, though, and even better, you can get a drink there. [...] Three new buildings, which were part of a century-old distillery and transformed by renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, will now house art rather than alcohol. But for the thirsty there&rsquo;s also a new bar, called Bar Luce, that Anderson designed himself.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA's Prada Foundation Arts Complex in Milan</a></p> Berlin heals war scars with ambitious architecture Alexander Walter 2015-05-07T16:00:00-04:00 >2015-05-08T12:42:12-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="439" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Seventy years after the end of the war, Berlin is finally filling the last gaps left by Allied bombs, which destroyed more than two-thirds of the buildings in the city center. Architects say the construction boom offers Berlin a chance to make up for decades of bad planning and mediocre architecture. &ldquo;This is a new time in Berlin,&rdquo; says Libeskind [...]. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s one of the great cities of the world, and we expect it to compete. We don&rsquo;t expect it to be some backwater.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA wins Axel Springer Berlin HQ competition</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Berlin's Alexanderplatz high-rise developments continue to take shape</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London&rsquo;s architecture lacks Berlin&rsquo;s sense of culture, says Chipperfield</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Berlin After the Wall: A Microcosm of the World&rsquo;s Chaotic Change</a></li></ul> OMA-designed 'nhow Amsterdam RAI' hotel will be the largest in Benelux Alexander Walter 2015-04-29T20:58:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T22:12:22-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After years of delays, Amsterdam RAI is getting its own hotel and with its 650 rooms, Nhow RAI will win the title of&nbsp;largest hotel in the Netherlands.&nbsp;The design of the building was chosen from eleven candidates and is designed by Rem Koolhaas from well-known&nbsp;Rotterdam architecture firm OMA. [...] Among the features will be a virtual 3D holographic meeting space for having &ldquo;in person&rdquo; meetings with the holographs of people in another location.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>