Archinect - News 2015-11-27T16:00:07-05:00 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="514" height="337" 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 >2015-09-22T20:45:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="470" 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="514" height="386" 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="514" height="344" 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="514" height="507" 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="514" height="342" 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="514" height="342" 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="514" height="306" 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="514" height="770" 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="514" height="347" 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="514" height="289" 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> OMA's Prada Foundation Arts Complex in Milan Nam Henderson 2015-04-26T19:17:00-04:00 >2015-04-27T04:24:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Some of the spaces are as Mr. Koolhaas found them; others have been reconfigured but look as though they haven&rsquo;t been touched. The three new buildings are made of glass, white concrete and an aluminum</p></em><br /><br /><p>Carol Vogel writes about the Prada Foundation&rsquo;s new arts complex in Milan, designed by&nbsp;OMA.</p> Rem Koolhaas tapped to design Los Angeles Temple expansion Alexander Walter 2015-04-24T12:54:00-04:00 >2015-09-17T00:36:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Wilshire Boulevard Temple, famous for its ornate 1929 synagogue, is trying to create another Los Angeles landmark, negotiating with the Pritzker Prize-winning Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas to design a building next door for special events. It would be open for use by the public as well as by congregants. &ldquo;Architecture is a form of prayer,&rdquo; said Rabbi Steven Z. Leder of the Reform congregation, which is in Koreatown.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Rem Koolhaas on the Smart Landscape and Intelligent Architecture Nicholas Korody 2015-04-01T13:25:00-04:00 >2015-04-09T18:38:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="381" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architecture has entered into a new engagement with digital culture and capital&mdash;which amounts to the most radical change within the discipline since the confluence of modernism and industrial production in the early twentieth century. Yet this shift has gone largely unnoticed, because it has not taken the form of a visible upheaval or wholesale transformation. To the contrary: It is a stealthy infiltration of architecture via its constituent elements.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In this brief but sweeping consideration of the place of architecture under today's "digital regime," Koolhaas displays (again) his unique insightfulness.</p><p>Here are some highlights:</p><ul><li>"For thousands of years, the elements of architecture were deaf and mute&mdash;they could be trusted. Now, many of them are listening, thinking, and talking back, collecting information and performing accordingly."</li><li>"The tech world&rsquo;s gradual colonization of architecture is taking place without the collaboration of its host. As technology triumphs, architecture is simply left behind."</li><li>"With safety and security as selling points, the city is becoming vastly less adventurous and more predictable. To save the city, it may have to be destroyed. . . ."</li><li>"In the service of the ubiquitous digital regime, a hyper-Cartesian order is being imposed on the countryside, paradoxically leaving the city to take on the poetic and arbitrary appearance once reserved for the pastoral."</li><li>"If the digital is about to deliver us to a sensor cul...</li></ul> Rem praises Dubai for its sophistication Nicholas Korody 2015-03-18T17:07:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T22:32:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Rem Koolhaas] addressed a packed auditorium at the American University of Sharjah on Tuesday..."Dubai has escaped from its architectural caricatures,&rdquo; Mr Koolhaas said... [He] had a positive outlook on the region despite recent upheaval and said that it provided the opportunity for the dawn of something new. He also praised the involvement of the country&rsquo;s rulers and the freedom they have given to designers to transform the landscape of the region.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Koolhaas to design new High Line project Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-11T13:16:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T19:25:28-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="643" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gimme Shelter has learned exclusively that developer The Related Companies has hired Rem Koolhaas to design their new High Line project on W. 18th St.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Thirty-seven years after <em>Delirious New York</em>, Koolhaas may finally have a building in New York City. While OMA has worked on a variety of commercial interiors in NYC before, as well as being a part of HUD's Rebuilding by Design, the High Line residence will be the firm's first "ground-up" building in the city. That title might have belonged to OMA's 23 East 22nd Street residential tower, if it weren't wiped off of the drawing board by the 2008 recession.</p><p>Koolhaas' project will join fellow starchitect Zaha Hadid's 520 West 28th Street on the High Line, under the same developer, The Related Companies.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>h/t</em></a></p> Rem Koolhaas and Dasha Zhukova share what's in store for the new Garage Museum Justine Testado 2015-01-19T18:09:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T00:12:07-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In The Wall Street Journal Magazine's upcoming February issue, writer Tony Perrottet tells the history and potential of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and its location in Moscow's Gorky Park, as he visits the site to meet with&nbsp;art philanthropist Dasha Zhukova and Rem Koolhaas. Founded by Zhukova in 2008, the Garage will move from its current location in a Shigeru Ban-designed pavilion to the former Soviet-era Vremena Goda that Koolhaas is converting into the new 58,000 sq.foot Garage Museum, set to open this June. Zhukova invested in the renovation project aiming to connect Moscow to the international art scene.</p><p>In conversation, Zhukova talks about the interests and knowledge of global culture in Moscow's youth, and their influence in shaping the Garage. Koolhaas talks about his design approach in restoring the decaying Vremena Goda amidst current museum-design trends. He also looks back to the time he spent in the U.S.S.R during the 1960s.</p><p>Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Garage Museum Teaches an Old...</a></p> Editor's Picks #398 Nam Henderson 2014-12-18T23:33:00-05:00 >2014-12-19T13:25:11-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For the latest <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Working out of the Box</a>: Archinect talked with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">artist and architecture theorist, </a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Santiago Borja</a>.&nbsp;He relates that one thing he learned from architecture school is&nbsp;</p><p>"<em>a sense of structural logic that most artists lack. They imagine things they have no clue how to build. Having said that, you could maybe say the same thing about architects</em>&hellip;"</p><p><strong>midlander</strong> was impressed "<em>The installations are refreshing - they react to the architecture without following an architectural logic...these look free of the forced logic which constrains a lot of architects working in installation. My compliments to the artist!</em>"</p><p>Plus, did you notice, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a new sidebar graphic/ad</a> was launched for Archinect Sessions?</p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>&nbsp;announced&nbsp;Moshe Safdie will receive the 2015 AIA Gold Medal.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harold-Sprague Solie</a>,&nbsp;agreed with many commentators "<em>about time. I worked in his office during my first year out of school and it was an amazing experience</em>". Contrarily,&nbsp;<strong>HotelSphinx</strong>&nbsp;admires "<em>Habitat, as do most architects - but...</em></p> From Beirut: Open Letter to Mr. Rem Koolhaas Orhan Ayyüce 2014-12-16T11:11:00-05:00 >2015-03-17T12:15:53-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In light of the above, we are appealing to you in your roles as founder and lead architect of the firm, and as an educator and a public intellectual, to side by us in advocating to your client, but also to planning and urban authorities in Beirut the preservation of a site with unique characteristics, and withdraw services on this project. If such advocacy efforts falter, we urge you to dissociate yourself and your firm from this contentious project.</p></em><br /><br /><p>We have recently learned that the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has been commissioned to develop a design for a projected development on a prime sea-front location in Beirut (Lebanon): the Dalieh of Raoucheh. Proposing a private development over such a prime social, national, archeological and geological landmark in Lebanon has generated an ongoing public outcry, in the form of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">protests</a>, letters to officials,<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">discussions</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">media mobilization</a>. We are writing today to alert you to the disturbing facts behind the project, and solicit your support in outlining an alternative vision for Beirut&rsquo;s seafront.&nbsp;</p> Koolhaas' Venice Biennale Closes; Brought Record Attendance Nicholas Korody 2014-12-01T16:55:00-05:00 >2014-12-01T16:55:24-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="142" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The 14th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale closed this Sunday. Curated by Rem Koolhaas, the controversial exhibition was themed "Fundamentals," inviting the 65 national pavilions (a record number) to critically consider the legacy of modernism. For the central pavilion, Koolhaas and his team from OMA/AMO and Harvard curated a display of the "Elements of Architecture": floor, ramp, escalator, fa&ccedil;ade, wall, window, balcony, elevator, stair, fireplace, toilet, door, corridor, ceiling, roof.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>228,000 people visited the Biennale, breaking prior attendance records. That being said, the 2014 iteration was open for 6 months, compared to the 3 month duration of the 2012 Biennale. According to statistics released on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Venice Biennale website</a>, 45% of visitors were students and young people.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Terri Peters covered the Biennale for Archinect. Her coverage can be found <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here.</a></p><p>A more general round-up of the event can be found <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Smart Cities - called "smart" but condemned to being stupid Nam Henderson 2014-11-21T12:25:00-05:00 >2014-11-24T15:32:35-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The rhetoric of smart cities would be more persuasive if the environment that the technology companies create was actually a compelling one that offered models for what the city can be. But if you look at Silicon Valley you see that the greatest innovators in the digital field have created a bland suburban environment that is becoming increasingly exclusive</p></em><br /><br /><p>Back in September Rem Koolhaas gave a talk at the High Level Group meeting on Smart Cities, Brussels, 24 September 2014. During the talk he asked what really makes a city "<em>smart</em>", and argued that it's critical for smart cities and governments to converge again.</p><p>&nbsp;h/t <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@Bruce Sterling</a></p> Big businesses and baby steps: Weekly News Round-Up for September 22 and 29, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-06T18:43:00-04:00 >2014-10-09T12:43:32-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="486" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Friday, October 3:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Eisenhower Memorial clears key hurdle on Gehry design" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eisenhower Memorial clears key hurdle on Gehry design</a>: In a positive step for the Memorial's Approving Process Odyssey,&nbsp;the National Capital Planning Commission&nbsp;has OK'd the Commission on Fine Arts (the other federal body that must approve the design) to vote on the Memorial.</li><li><a title="Where are the women? Measuring progress on gender in architecture" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Where are the women? Measuring progress on gender in architecture</a>: A series of infographics on the representation of women in architectural practice and education, courtesy of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ACSA</a>.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Wednesday, October 1:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Guggenheim plans New York expansion&hellip; again" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guggenheim plans New York expansion&hellip; again</a>: Not for more art space (Gehry tried that before) but for offices.</li><li><a title="Zaera-Polo steps down as dean of Princeton's School of Architecture" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaera-Polo steps down as dean of Princeton's School of Architecture</a>: From the press release: "the school's former dean, Professor Stanley T. Allen, will serve as acting dean until a permanent successor is appointed and that Professor Allen will chair the search for the new dean."</li><li><a title="Tiny Spanish Island to be First Energy Self-Sufficient Island" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tiny Spanish Island to be First Energy Self-Sufficient Island</a>: The 10,000 population island will use renewable e...</li></ul> Garage Museum Teaches an Old Building New Tricks Alexander Walter 2014-09-19T12:46:00-04:00 >2014-09-23T17:25:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art announced yesterday that its forthcoming permanent home inside the Soviet-era eatery in the capital&rsquo;s central Gorky Park is due to open in June 2015. [...] And Rem Koolhaas, who was tasked with transforming the abandoned restaurant's ruin for the museum, is leaving it largely untouched.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Architecture's Rebellion at the 2014 Venice Biennale Alexander Walter 2014-09-02T13:33:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T20:36:31-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This year's Biennale reveals that neither modernism nor contemporary architectural practice is as it seems. The best architecture today may not be revolutionary, but then today more than ever the desirability of revolutions are in doubt. Situated modernism has for many years been and continues to dominate architectural practice with the opposite of flattening results.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Koolhaas' missing Fundamental is alive and kicking in "House Housing" exhibition Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-11T11:08:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T16:44:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While most attention falls on the national pavilions at the Venice Biennale, the city itself hosts an uncertain number of simultaneous, satellite events, operating somewhat under the public's radar but still orbiting around the Biennale's curatorial center. There are the Biennale-recognized roster of exhibitions, called "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Collateral Events</a>", and then there are the outer planets of the Biennale's solar system; the unsolicited riffs taking place at smaller, less conventional spaces throughout the city. The Biennale's five-month run gives ample time for dissent and complication within the city, offering alternate interpretations to this year's sanctioned theme: "Fundamentals", from Rem Koolhaas.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Criticism of Koolhaas' biennale has been <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">well-trodden</a>. Creating a catalogue of architecture's supposedly "fundamental" elements has been called depressing, inappropriate, cynical, or pejoratively part of Koolhaas' cult of personality. Reporters griping and academics critiquing is a fundamental pa...</p> Koolhaas guides viewers through bustling Lagos in this interactive documentary Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-24T18:51:00-04:00 >2014-07-02T19:19:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The documentary <em><a href="!/project/lagos-wide-and-close-web/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lagos Wide and Close - An Interactive Journey into an Exploding City</a></em><a href="!/project/lagos-wide-and-close-web/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>,</em></a>&nbsp;arose from Rem Koolhaas' 2001 visit to Lagos, Nigeria with filmmaker Bregtje van der Haak, hoping to document a phase in one of Africa's fastest growing cities. The doc's unique direction allows viewers to switch between two video and three audio channels in realtime, mixing and matching different perspectives on the city. At once documenting Lagos from the personal perspective of bus driver Olawole Busayo ("Close"), and an aerial urban view ("Wide"), the interactive piece samples from Busayo's daily journey, interviews with Lagos' citizens, and comments by Koolhaas.</p><p>After visiting in 2001, Koolhaas continued to research Lagos throughout the early 'aughts with the Project on the City at Harvard's GSD, leading to the interactive documentary's release on DVD in 2004. The film is now <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">available to experience online</a>, where viewers can take full advantage of the multi-modal storytelling, and flip through ...</p> Archinect rounds up critical reactions to Koolhaas' biennale Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-19T11:42:00-04:00 >2014-06-24T18:12:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This year's Venice Biennale of Architecture, curated by Rem Koolhaas, officially opened on June 7, under the theme "Fundamentals". The deluge of criticism and reporting coming out of the Biennale will surely continue until it closes November 23, but so far reactions from the architectural journalism community seem pretty consistent. Critics seem at once relieved that the biennale is not given away to preening and doting upon architectural personalities, but instead focused on "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architecture, not architects</a>", as per Koolhaas' design. The flip-side of this could be seen as replacing objects of starchitectural value with a too-safe generalism, imbued with the self-importance of Koolhaas' cult of personality. Responses seem largely concerned with interpreting the man at the same time as his Biennale, rather than investigating the interplay of national pavilions' personalities under a unifying theme. But we've got many months to go, and this is only the beginning.</p><p>But with the sheer mass o...</p> Rem Koolhaas blows the ceiling off the Venice Architecture Biennale Alexander Walter 2014-06-05T13:47:00-04:00 >2014-06-13T09:38:17-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="601" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An exploded false ceiling and a lineup of lavatories become the stars as Koolhaas delves into the overlooked innards of today's buildings &ndash; and shows how architecture has become nothing more than cardboard</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The end of architecture? Alexander Walter 2014-06-02T13:21:00-04:00 >2014-06-10T18:51:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As the 14th edition of the Venice Biennale of Architecture prepares to open, the pavilions of the Giardini might be the perfect venue for an analysis of the architectural manifestations of national identity. [...] Architecture is a curious world in which the things we hate might look very similar, to a less-inured eye, to the things we love. It is a question of degrees, of finesse. Koolhaas exemplifies the paradox.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>