Archinect - News 2014-04-21T06:23:15-04:00 Rem Koolhaas's G-Star Raw HQ is like 'two brands having unprotected sex' Alexander Walter 2014-03-27T13:42:00-04:00 >2014-04-03T18:28:18-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;We've never been this vulgar,&rdquo; says the practice's founding partner Rem Koolhaas, sitting in the building's boardroom, flanked either side by neat men in military denim jackets, like officers from some future fashion police. [...] brazenly conflating G-Star's brand values with their own, aligning their manifestos, house styles, ways of working and even presenting a shared aesthetic of raw industrial chic &ndash; with concrete and steel fragments of OMA buildings overlaid on to G-Star models.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> OMA wins Axel Springer Berlin HQ competition Justine Testado 2014-03-26T15:17:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T21:03:30-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="419" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The wait is finally over. After a unanimous decision from the jury, Rem Koolhaas of OMA has the winning design for the new Berlin Media Campus of German publishing house Axel Springer. OMA's concept won against those of two notable finalists, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Buro Ole Scheeren. A contract will be issued once it has been decided if and when the construction project can be implemented.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Find out more on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Editor's Picks #352 Nam Henderson 2014-01-28T00:14:00-05:00 >2014-01-28T15:09:49-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>vado retro is moved to wonder "with the rash of notable building demolition that has and continues to occur, is there a checklist of what makes a building valuable enough not to demolish? it because buildings are more about image and visuals than spatial experience that we are willing to rid ourselves of award winning pieces of architecture/art?...maybe buildings don't really matter that much"</p></em><br /><br /><p>The latest edition of <strong>ShowCase</strong>: features <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pocinho Rowing High Performance Center by Alvaro Andrade</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mohammad Hadi Ataei</a>&nbsp;really liked it commenting "<em>Great minimalist work</em>".</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Additionally,&nbsp;- Mike "The Poet" Sonksen, @<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">mikethepoetLA</a>&nbsp;published&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a Walk: on L.A.'s Grand Avenue</a>.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eric Chavkin</a>&nbsp;posted a critique "<em>As much as I like poetry I m dont read any poetry in this.Maybe because there are no poetic devices like metaphors or simile. Maybe because there isn't any 'poetic' mood or&nbsp; poetic structure in the form of presentation...I dont see much difference between&nbsp; this and straight descriptive reportage</em>".</p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Mark Lamster, architecture critic for The Dallas Morning News,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">decried</a>&nbsp;the 3-2 vote, by Oklahoma City&rsquo;s Downtown Design Review Committee, green lighting destruction of the Stage Center aka Mummers Theater designed by the late John M. Johansen.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>He writes the building which "<em>will be replaced by a glassy office tower of no particular distinction... is the second major blow to a regional lan...</em></p> Rem Koolhaas's Protégés Archinect 2014-01-24T12:40:00-05:00 >2014-01-27T21:45:22-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Under his tutelage, designers learn to privilege approach over style. Rather than work with drawings, like most traditional architecture firms, OMA employees first "Diagram" a building&mdash;identify the structure's basic components and how they fit together&mdash;and then proceed to build it. It's an analytical method that results in buildings that are sometimes ungainly but never unexciting and reject the signature styles associated with many other renowned architects.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Skate this: Limited edition Rem Koolhaas Flag Deck Alexander Walter 2013-12-09T14:35:00-05:00 >2013-12-10T10:51:08-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> While collaborations between architects and skaters <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">aren't too rare</a>, the symbiosis typically happens in the realm of ramp/rail/ledge/obstacle design. To have an architectural heavyweight like Rem Koolhaas come out and give his blessings to a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">skateboard deck design</a>, which pays homage to OMA's Museum Park in Rotterdam, is a rather seldom event.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Here's the complete story we've received from NL-based skateboarding brand <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dufarge</a>:</p> <p> "The Dutch designers from surf inspired skatebrand Dufarge produced a skateboard deck that honours their favourite local skate spot. Part of OMA's Museum Park-scheme in Rotterdam, the spot, also known as 'Rem's Flag', features a 150 meter stretch of brightly coloured stripes: a collossal version of OMA's 'EU Barcode'."</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> "The EU Barcode was designed in 2001 by the OMA think tank AMO to represent the European Union as "the common effort of different nations, with each state retaining its own cultural identity while sharing the advantages of acting tog...</p> Prada Celebrates Architecture Exhibit in Paris Archinect 2013-11-27T13:22:00-05:00 >2013-11-27T13:23:10-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Curated by architect and historian Joseph Abram, in collaboration with Rem Koolhaas&rsquo; OMA/AMO, the exhibition celebrates the work of Perret, in particular his extended use of reinforced concrete. The exhibition analyzes, through more than 400 original documents such as sketches, pictures, scale models and personal letters, eight buildings conceived by Perret. These include the Th&eacute;&acirc;tre des Champs-Elys&eacute;es in Paris, along with the H&ocirc;tel de Ville and the Eglise Saint Joseph in Le Havre.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Rem Koolhaas's De Rotterdam: cut and paste architecture Archinect 2013-11-19T20:22:00-05:00 >2013-11-23T03:01:06-05:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Like one skyline perched on another, the latest mega-building by Rem Koolhaas towers over the starchitect playground of Rotterdam. But why was it even built?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Rem Koolhaas, Ai Weiwei, Superflex and others take part in Gwangju Folly Project Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-11-08T15:09:00-05:00 >2013-12-27T13:25:19-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="740" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Architectural follies impose on our assumptions of what architecture is and what it should be -- what is function, what is beauty, where do private and public space meet.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gwangju Folly II</a>, part of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gwangju Biennale Foundation</a>, highlights the politicization of public space through multiple folly-interventions in Gwangju. The project includes follies by Ai Weiwei, Rem Koolhaas and Ingo Niermann, Superflex, Raqs Media Collective, David Adjaye and Taiye Selasi, among others, this November 10-11.</p> <p> Artistic Director Nikolaus Hirsch, with curators Philipp Misselwitz and Eui Young Chun, focus the follies on the contentiousness of public space, and its operation on the global scale. Positioned throughout the city, some follies are mobile (Ai Weiwei's "Cubic-meter Food Cart", a rumination on South Korea's <em>pojangmachas</em>) while others highly site-specific (Rem Koolhaas and Ingo Niermann's "The Vote" is installed in a high-traffic commercial area).</p> <p> As the setting for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gwangju&rsquo;s Democratic ...</a></p> Cornell professor declares OMA-designed Milstein Hall "a disaster" Archinect 2013-10-15T11:56:00-04:00 >2013-10-16T11:01:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="272" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cornell University&rsquo;s new architecture building designed by Rem Koolhaas&rsquo; Office of Metropolitan Architecture is a &ldquo;disaster&rdquo; says Cornell University architecture professor Jonathan Oschorn. &ldquo;The code violations are egregious&rdquo;, states Ochshorn.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Photo by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Theodore Ferringer</a></p> Architects to the Rescue? HotSoup 2013-09-09T14:19:00-04:00 >2013-09-17T00:21:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Almost a dozen major architecture contests are underway. By calling in the pros, city and federal officials are casting a wide net for fixes. &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t have all the good ideas, and I don&rsquo;t care who does have them,&rdquo; Mayor Bloomberg said recently.</p></em><br /><br /><p> New York City and the feds are turning to design luminaries from the city and around the globe to help the five boroughs rebuild. But are the designers up to the task of saving the city from the next disaster? And will anyone actually follow their advice?</p> Marina Abramovic Tries to Kickstart OMA-Designed Art Institute Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-08T18:40:00-04:00 >2013-08-24T05:46:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The [Marina Abramovic Institute] was launched last year, and designed by none other than OMA, under the direction of partners Shohei Shigematsu and Rem Koolhaas. The architects are poised to explore programming for the center and produce mock-ups--depending on Kickstarter results. The funding Abramovic is after is to cover this "first phase" work on the project.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> Performance artist Marina Abramovic is the latest established artist seeking funding for large-scale projects using&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a>,&nbsp;the democratic fundraising platform.&nbsp;The&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marina Abramovic Institute</a>, to be located in Hudson, New York, will use the funds from Kickstarter backers for its first-phase of development and programming. Abramovic's "long durational works," such as her 2010&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">residency at MoMA</a>, are in line with her rationale for using Kickstarter:</p> <p> "By inviting the broader public to contribute to our early development, Kickstarter helps to affirm and build the engaged community necessary for sustaining MAI into the future. With your contribution, you become a founder of the institute not only financially, but also conceptually, by partaking in the very experiences we hope to create."</p> <p> And from the Kickstarter FAQ, in response to "Why did Marina choose to work with OMA?"</p> <p> "MAI is a new type of multidisciplinary center that requires an innovative design to fulfill its func...</p> Rem Koolhaas to Receive 2013 Johannes Vermeer Award Alexander Walter 2013-05-01T00:03:00-04:00 >2013-05-06T10:34:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rem Koolhaas has been announced as this year's recipient of the Dutch state prize for the arts, the Johannes Vermeer Award. The jury made a unanimous decision, citing Koolhaas&rsquo; critical contributions to architecture and urbanism since his career began with the publication of Delirious New York in 1975.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Rem Koolhaas and "Tools for Life" called into The Principals Office Gravitas 2013-04-12T20:19:00-04:00 >2013-04-15T18:07:24-04:00 <img src="" width="500" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...even for a big gun like Koolhaas, the global depression has had an impact. Thus his new furniture line for Knoll called &ldquo;Tools for Life.&rdquo; It&rsquo;s a pretty standard track for any architect when the commissions start to dry up; have some interns fart out designs for a furniture line, ship it off to China for production, then slap a price tag on it with no less that 4 zeros and BOOM! you&rsquo;re back makin&rsquo; Bentley payments and wearing Prada suits in no time.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> Every week The Principals call someone new into their office, this week it's Rem Koolhaas and "Tools for Life."</p> Editor's Picks #310 Nam Henderson 2013-04-09T12:04:00-04:00 >2013-04-09T12:19:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="774" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> For the latest entry in the ShowCase series Archinect published the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shrine of the Virgin of "La Antigua" by Otxotorena Arquitectos</a>. The project is located in Alberite, La Rioja, Spain and the architects main constraint was the need to "<em>incorporate a preexisting stone archway in the design. This archway was rescued from a previous demolition in the town and it was preserved by the locals</em>".</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a> exclaimed "<em>Wow, wow. &nbsp;I love it. &nbsp;Love the multiple arcade forms and multiple striations and similar but different textures...Would love to see a floorplan if there is one?</em>".</p> <p> <strong>News</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA Times reported that the Watts Towers in South Los Angeles will be the subject of a new study conducted by experts from UCLA</a> to determine the stability of the historic sculptures.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a> shared these words "<em>In my opinion it is the most beautiful and meaningful public art in Los Angeles that people neglected for decades</em>" and a photo.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Plain Dealer</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">/ announced th...</a></p> The Irrational Exuberance of Rem Koolhaas Places Journal 2013-04-03T14:44:00-04:00 >2013-04-10T02:07:26-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="381" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Irrational exuberance" seems to me an apt introduction to an understanding of Rem Koolhaas in the '90s and beyond; it foregrounds his great success in navigating the intersection of the pragmatic corporate sector, on the one hand, and the &ldquo;delirious&rdquo; and volatile realm of desire and possibility, on the other. ... Koolhaas has encouraged his followers to shed the crippling shackles of critical theory and pick up a surfboard upon which to ride the shock waves of the new economy.</p></em><br /><br /><p> For decades Rem Koolhaas has been not only a leading global architect but also a restless provocateur. On Places, in a chapter from the forthcoming book <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture and Capitalism</a>,&nbsp;</em>Ellen Dunham-Jones explores Koolhaas's protean career, from the early fantastical projects to the big books and bigger buildings of recent years. It's a career that has come to embody, she argues, "the inevitable contradictions in trying to marry art and capitalism, radicalism and pragmatism, icon-making and city-making."</p> OMA Trumps Preservationists in Battle to Turn Venetian Palazzo into Department Store Archinect 2013-03-20T15:00:00-04:00 >2013-03-27T14:53:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architecture&rsquo;s favorite black humorist Rem Koolhaas is at it again, off planning a Venice Biennale that stresses the dangers of globalization while battling conservationists for rights to transform a 16th-century Venetian palazzo &mdash; which currently serves as a post office &mdash; into a retail hotspot. Koolhaas&rsquo;s firm OMA and its client Benetton recently secured permission to redesign the palazzo into a department store/cultural venue after five years of facing resistance from preservationists.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Steve Jobs, Architect? Places Journal 2013-03-18T19:24:00-04:00 >2013-03-19T18:19:00-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="379" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Yet another treatise on Steve Jobs? As an &ldquo;architect&rdquo; &mdash; really? And with Apple seemingly waning, aren't we behind the curve on this? Suffice it to say that my interest is not solely in Jobs himself, but rather in the challenge he poses to the methods and purpose of an architectural historian.... But since architectural stories are surprising rare here on the edge of the continent, I need a shtick; no matter my connoisseur-ish personal tastes and leftist political dispositions.</p></em><br /><br /><p> What is revealed when we contemplate the late Steve Jobs not only as a technologist extraordinaire but also as a sort of architect? And if we then compare Jobs with another complicated virtuoso, Rem Koolhaas? On Places, architectural historian Simon Sadler argues "Jobs and Koolhaas both seem to have been driven by the possibility that they can act inside, or around, a postmodern world resistant to purpose. Both share an attraction toward design as a type of hermeneutics &mdash; a will to learn about the world through the attempt to change it."</p> OMA to Design Essence Financial Tower in Shenzhen Alexander Walter 2013-02-06T17:25:00-05:00 >2013-02-12T16:39:17-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>OMA has been awarded the first place in the international design competition for the Essence Financial Building in Shenzhen, China. OMA Partners David Gianotten and Rem Koolhaas are heading the project which they intend to be a new generation office tower for Shenzhen.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>UPDATE:</strong> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here</a> to see the project in more detail.</p> Editor's Picks #300 Nam Henderson 2013-01-30T11:35:00-05:00 >2013-01-31T15:02:00-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce published parts 1 + 2 of a multi-part interview with George Brugmans (Executive Director of the IABR)...Thayer-D chimed in "This is an excellent example of how well intentioned architects continue to talk past each other...One of the speakers spoke of the need to create relationships with politicians, developers and the public in general to forge a new way forward...What's amazing is that this has been happening for the last 20 years in the Congress for New Urbanism</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> In the first edition of our In Focus&nbsp; in 2013&nbsp; Archinect spoke with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yohan Zerdoun an architectural photographer based in Germany/Switzerland</a>.</p> <p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a> published parts <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">1&nbsp;</a>+ <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2</a>&nbsp;of a multi-part interview with George Brugmans (Executive Director of the IABR) in which they continued <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">their discussion from where they left it two years ago</a>. Topics include; the theme of the 5th Biennale itself: Making City, the model used for the 5th IABR of Test&nbsp; Sites and Counter Sites, and also&nbsp; Istanbul as either "<em>the next metropolitan nightmare, inspiring example?</em>".</p> <p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> <strong>Thayer-D</strong> chimed in "<em>This is an excellent example of how well&nbsp;intentioned&nbsp;architects continue to talk past each other while so many of their interests intersect...One of the speakers spoke of the need to create relationships with politicians, developers and the public in general to forge a new way forward.&nbsp; Again, I'd be in full agreement.&nbsp; What's amazing is that this has been happening for the last 20 years in ...</em></p> Rem Koolhaas announces "Fundamentals" to be 2014's Venice Biennale theme Archinect 2013-01-25T12:39:00-05:00 >2013-02-05T22:15:07-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Fundamentals will be a Biennale about architecture, not architects. After several Biennales dedicated to the celebration of the contemporary, Fundamentals will focus on histories &ndash; on the inevitable elements of all architecture used by any architect, anywhere, anytime (the door, the floor, the ceiling etc.) and on the evolution of national architectures in the last 100 years.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> OMA Creates Prada’s Ideal House Archinect 2013-01-18T14:45:00-05:00 >2013-01-21T10:41:35-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="313" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The staging was called the Ideal House, and it was a fully furnished modern home, but one with an audience, a runway wrapped around it, and &ldquo;windows&rdquo; projected on the walls with scenes of the outside world. It was the latest in many intricate and avant-garde pairings between Prada and OMA... The 12-piece furniture collection, designed by OMA for Knoll, will debut at the Salon Internazionale del Mobile in Milan in April.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> It’s official: Rem Koolhaas to curate 2014 Venice Biennale Archinect 2013-01-08T13:21:00-05:00 >2013-01-10T07:43:17-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Indicating his ambitions for the next showcase in 2014, Koolhaas said he planned to &lsquo;give a new look&rsquo; to architecture&rsquo;s basic elements &lsquo;to see if we can discover something new about architecture.&rsquo; The festival&rsquo;s board, chaired by Paolo Baratta, formally appointed the star architect to the role today.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Watch Koolhaas; Hadid; Rogers Stirk Harbour; and Foster pitch their proposals for the new L&L Tower Archinect 2012-11-19T12:32:00-05:00 >2012-12-05T14:57:14-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The series of videos below offers a fascinating insight into how this generation of "starchitects" behaves under pressure, as they each pitch to win one of the most high-profile competitions in recent years: a new tower for L&amp;L Holding Company on Park Avenue in New York. The site has such daunting neighbours as Mies van der Rohe's Seagram building, and it will be the first full-block office tower to be built on the street in almost half a century.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Hadid, Koolhaas and Rogers Losing Designs for Park Avenue Tower Unveiled HotSoup 2012-10-18T11:53:00-04:00 >2012-10-24T15:00:00-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="643" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;For us, it was really a blend of what&rsquo;s the right concept for Park Avenue, a place that has not had a new building for almost 50 years, an avenue that is quite possibly the most important commercial boulevard in New York City, quite possibly the United States, and what is the place of a new build down the street from Seagrams and Lever House, two of the greatest buildings ever built,&rdquo; Daivd Levinson said.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Four very different schemes for an office tower in New York. Who's your pick?</p> koolhaas kunsthall in art-house caper Gregory Walker 2012-10-16T15:29:00-04:00 >2012-10-18T18:59:03-04:00 <img src="" width="390" height="285" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Thieves broke into a Rotterdam museum on Tuesday and walked off with works from the likes of Picasso, Monet, Gauguin and Matisse potentially worth hundreds of millions. "Those thieves got one hell of a haul," said Chris Marinello, who directs the Art Loss Register.</p></em><br /><br /><p> thieves broke into rem koolhaas' iconic <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kunsthal</a> building in Rotterdam early Tuesday, making off with a number of paintings. while details of the break-in have not been disclosed yet, the collection that the paintings were a part of were being displayed in public for the first time.</p> <p> i wonder what kind of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">narrative</a> koolhaas would write about this one...</p> Rem Koolhaas dismisses preservation in Houston, offers an alternative approach Archinect 2012-10-12T14:28:00-04:00 >2012-10-15T18:54:23-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Building upon a short Wednesday evening presentation he gave at Rice, Koolhaas opened with discussion of historical preservation, a topic that elicited mixed emotions for the architect while, at the same time, offered a window into his approach to the built environment. "Preservation is a highly artificial term," he explained. "History happens and leaves its traces . . . I have to say, I prefer history without preservation."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Koolhaas rewrites script with blockbuster buildings Archinect 2012-10-03T12:54:00-04:00 >2012-10-03T15:15:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Scriptwriting also taught him something about architecture. "If you write a script, you try to stitch episodes together so that, at the end, you have a sort of suspense to a conclusion or a climax," he says. "Architecture is very similar: You create a series of spatial moments and find a way to relate them to each other with the same purpose. An architect writes scripts also, but for people, not for actors."</p></em><br /><br /><p> CNN's "Great Buildings" series asks famous architects about their favorite self-designed projects. Today they feature Rem.</p> Lord Foster Beats Rem, Zaha, Rogers for Unusual NYC Office Tower HotSoup 2012-10-03T12:42:00-04:00 >2012-10-08T18:53:52-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="1103" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;We are grateful to each of the firms for the thoughtfulness and creativity they demonstrated throughout the process. There is no doubt that each group was fully capable of helping us realize our vision of a 425 Park Avenue tower that redefines the modern office environment while also respecting and enhancing the timeless allure of the Plaza district.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> In one of the most unusual assignments around, Foster, Rogers, Koolhaas and Hadid were asked to tackle a New York City office building on Park Avenue. A famous address with two famous towers, but really, the rest of them stink. The catch for 425 Park, one of those middcentury stinkers, is that the zoning for the existing 1957 building was modified a few years later so any new building on the site would be smaller than what is there now. The developer figured out that if he tore down most but not all of his tower and built back up from there, he could keep his zoning envelope. Check out Lord Foster's fascinating design for this challenging project.</p> <p> See also <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partner's related press release</a>.</p> Rem Koolhaas to Receive 2012 Jencks Award Alexander Walter 2012-08-30T19:13:00-04:00 >2012-09-03T18:44:19-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rem Koolhaas is to receive the 2012 Jencks Award, announced the Royal Institute of British Architects. The Jencks Award is given annually to an individual (or practice) that has recently made a major contribution internationally to both the theory and practice of architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Why is Rem Koolhaas the World's Most Controversial Architect? Metropolitan Monk 2012-08-23T13:07:00-04:00 >2012-08-28T13:07:56-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="244" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s hard to know whether you regard this as nightmare or opportunity, I tell him. &ldquo;That has been my entire life story,&rdquo; Koolhaas said, &ldquo;Running against the current and running with the current. Sometimes running with the current is underestimated. The acceptance of certain realities doesn&rsquo;t preclude idealism. It can lead to certain breakthroughs.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Some classic Nicolai Ouroussoff-piece - so expect an up-and-too-close-personal portrait, explicit hints of retro-active admiration, generic and gullible phrasing, all-over-the-place platitudes and creepy catchphrases - on Rem Koolhaas. Worth a read, but only for the quotes.</p> <p> For those that do not like to read long ramblings. Here are Rem Koolhaas's most important words:</p> <p> &ldquo;<em>I&rsquo;ve absolutely never thought about money or economic issues,&rdquo; Koolhaas said. &ldquo;But as an architect I think this is a strength. It allows me to be irresponsible and to invest in my work.&rdquo;</em></p> <p> <em>&ldquo;There were two kinds of &rsquo;60s,&rdquo; he said to me. &ldquo;One was avant-garde, highly modernist&mdash; Antonioni, Yves Klein. The other was the Anglo-Saxon, hippie-ish, political side. I associated with the avant-garde tendency.&rdquo;</em></p> <p> <em>&ldquo;Change tends to fill people with this incredible fear,&rdquo; Koolhaas said as we sat in his Rotterdam office flipping through an early mock-up of his latest book. &ldquo;We are surrounded by crisismongers who see the city i...</em></p>