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Amid Zero Protest, OMA's Netherlands Dance Theater Meets Its End
"The demolition of a key OMA work prompts questions about the civic value of innovative architecture."
oma  remkoolhaas  netherlands  architecture  2016  annakats  thehague 
april 2016 by robertogreco
'Lagos shows how a city can recover from a deep, deep pit': Rem Koolhaas | Cities | The Guardian
"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 Kunlé Adeyemi discuss the past, present and future of the city – and reveal why their own project never saw the light of day"
nigeria  lagos  2016  remkoolhaas  oma  kunléadeyemi  cities  urban  urbanism  megacities  colonialism  georgepacker  slums  architecture 
march 2016 by robertogreco
Rem Koolhaas in the country - Icon Magazine
"Rem Koolhaas thinks that too little attention is paid to the countryside, where change is happening at a faster rate than in most cities. In this illustrated essay, the OMA founder argues that architects need to take stock of a new agricultural revolution"

"Based on these observations, we began realising that there is a totally new condition taking place in the countryside.

Yet practically all our attention goes to the red (urbanised) areas which physically constitute a very small part of the world.

In architecture books we are bombarded with statistics confirming the ubiquity of the urban condition, while the symmetrical question is ignored – what are those moving to the city leaving behind?

The rest, a significantly larger section of the world, falls under neglect and lack of knowledge.

However, it is subject to the same market forces encountered in cities.

You could therefore see the countryside as a place where people are disappearing from. In this void new processes are taking place and new experiments and developments are being made.

At this scale, agriculture is being increasingly submitted to the market economy and now this is the new state, a more digitalised landscape.

This new digital frontier is changing the way we understand even the most far removed environments and they are becoming better known than many parts of the city. There is a software, Helveta, that enables people in the Amazon to identify and track every single tree. Swathes of forest are now carefully inventorised environments and tribesmen are turned into digital infomers.

A colossal new order of rigour is appearing everywhere. A feed lot for cows is organised like the most rigid city and server farms are being hidden in remote forests and deserts – the countryside being the ideal situation for these types of conditions.

Today, a hyper-Cartesian order is being imposed on the countryside, enabling the poeticism and arbitrariness, once associated with it, to now be reserved for cities.

The countryside is now the frontline of transformation. A world formerly dictated by the seasons and the organisation of agriculture is now a toxic mix of genetic experiment, science, industrial nostalgia, seasonal immigration, territorial buying sprees, massive subsidies, incidental inhabitation, tax incentives, investment, political turmoil, in other words more volatile than the most accelerated city.

The countryside is an amalgamation of tendencies that are outside our overview and outside our awareness. Our current obsession with only the city is highly irresponsible because you cannot understand the city without understanding the countryside.

We are now only beginning to increase our understanding of conditions that were previously unexplored – a process to continue further."
remkoolhaas  ruricomp  cities  urban  urbanism  automation  change  2014  rural  economics  transformation  capitalism  production  oma  agriculture  countryside  farming 
september 2014 by robertogreco
The Revolution at Your Community Library | New Republic
"Now that a digital copy of the Library of Congress’s entire book collection could fit in a single shoebox, the future of the contemporary library is up for grabs. The New York Public Library’s proposed reconfiguration of its Manhattan headquarters is only the most recent high-visibility entrant in a debate that has been ongoing since the mid-1990s, manifested in the press and in a series of large urban central library projects in Berlin, Singapore, Seattle, and elsewhere. What should a contemporary library be? 1 Seattle is one oft-cited exemplar: there Rem Koolhaas and Joshua Prince-Ramus of the Office of Metropolitan Architecture jettisoned the reading rooms, study carrels, and hushed whispers of the traditional library in favor of a dramatic multi-story “living room” where patrons could, according to the architects, “eat, yell, or play chess.” But to find architects, librarians, and municipalities who have re-conceptualized the contemporary public library with a more nuanced and promising vision, we must turn our attentions away from noisy Seattle and other large projects toward the modest community library.

Around the globe, a handful of innovative architects are forging a new building type with a deceptively familiar name. These libraries offer something found nowhere else in the contemporary city: heavily used, not-for-profit communal spaces that facilitate many and various kinds of informal social interactions and private uses. Ranging in size from five thousand square feet, a smallish McMansion in Westchester, to thirty thousand square feet, the size of Derek Jeter’s home near Tampa, some of these community libraries are neighborhood branches of an urban library system, and others stand alone. These buildings look nothing like one another, yet they all offer exemplary moments of architectural innovation. Collectively, they make the case that excellent design is no luxury, certainly not for the civic buildings and lives of people and their communities."

"No wonder that, around the world, the construction of new small community libraries has spurred an impressive efflorescence of architectural innovation. People have wearied of bowling alone. Individuals need places where they can engage with others like and unlike them, with whom they share an affiliation just by virtue of inhabiting a particular city, town, or neighborhood. Groups of people need places that can help constitute them into and symbolically represent their community. Everyone needs what the urban sociologist Ray Oldenberg calls third places—the first is home, the second is school or workplace.2 That is what these new community libraries provide.


This creates an engagingly complex architectural challenge, as the community library presents many competing mandates that are difficult to resolve in built form. To become a lively centrifugal social force that can buttress or, in more troubled areas, constitute a neighborhood’s sense of identity, it must project the impression that it is a civic icon and a public place. And yet it must also offer people opportunities to engage in solitary pursuits. Today’s community library might well be a place where one can eat and play chess, but it must not be a place to yell; it must still offer private moments in communal places, moments saturated in silence, light, the knowledge and the creativity of human expression. And all on a tight budget.

How to distill such competing if not colliding imperatives—public, private; iconic, domestic; distinctive, local—into a coherent design? Even though technically all that a community library actually needs is enclosed, climate-controlled loft spaces, in fact it needs more. Only good design can make a mute, inert edifice convey to people that it embraces all comers and embodies their community’s shared identity. Many of the new library designs are loft-like spaces writ monumental, but they are much more than warehouses for computers, books, and people. Monumentalizing domesticity by design, they take their cues from the needs of people in general and community library patrons in particular: the neighborhood’s scale, the proportions of the human body, people’s innate receptivity to natural light, their tactile sensitivity and associative responsiveness to materials."
2014  libraries  seattle  bellevue  washingtonstate  oma  remkoolhaas  joshuaprince-ramus  washingtondc  community  architecture  norway  samfrancisco  louiskahn  mvrdv  rotterdam  nyc  nypubliclibrary  davidadjaye  thirdplaces  thumbisland  nypl  dc 
march 2014 by robertogreco
Rory Hyde Projects / Blog » Blog Archive » Potential Futures for Design Practice
"Here follows a brief survey of these new roles for designers, each representing potential futures for design practice.

The Community Enabler

The healthy boom of the past two decades has led the architect to become accustomed to producing boutique solutions for private clients; a comfortable scenario that has distracted us from our responsibility for society at large. By reconceiving the role of the architect not as a designer of buildings, but as a custodian of the built environment, the space of opportunity and tools at our disposal are vastly expanded.

The Renew Newcastle project, established and led by Marcus Westbury, illustrates the value of people in the improvement of a public space. While millions had been spent by local government on rebuilding the physical aspects of Newcastle’s rundown and largely deserted Hunter St mall, the simple gesture of opening up vacant spaces for use by creative practitioners and businesses has kick-started its revival. [5]

The Visionary Pragmatist

The stereotype of the architect as an obsessive, black skivvy-wearing aesthete who produces detailed artefacts of beauty is a pervasive one that may sometimes live up to the truth. This is a potentially dangerous perception however, as it promotes our interest in form over our value as strategic thinkers. By promoting our capacity to challenge the underlying assumptions of a problem and to develop responses informed by a larger context, we can hope to be invited into projects at an earlier, more decisive stage, and not as mere cake-decorators.

Chilean practice Elemental, led by Alejandro Aravena, views the larger contexts of policy, financing and social mobility as equally important territories for the architect to understand and engage. The multi-unit housing project in Iquique proposed a unique solution to the issue of the limited funding allocated per unit of social housing. By providing ‘half of a good house’ [6], and configuring it in a way that enabled future expansion, the residents can create housing of real personal value and utility.

The Trans-Disciplinary Integrator

The complex, manifold and integrated issues of today cannot be solved by architecture alone. To be truly instrumental, we need to open ourselves to new constructive alliances with thinkers and makers from beyond our discipline.

RMIT’s Design Research Institute, established in 2008 by Professor Mark Burry, is a research centre directed toward collaboration and information sharing between students and professionals from over 30 disciplinary backgrounds. By harnessing collective expertise, the DRI is able to address major social and environmental dilemmas that do not conform to the traditional boundaries of design training. [7]

By transcending our own expectations and limits, we can in turn recast society’s expectations of what we are capable of addressing.

The Social Entrepreneur

The economic crisis has been heralded as the end of architecture’s ‘obsession with the image’. What this hope overlooks however, is the powerful narrative potential of architectural communication in catalysing complex visions for the future. Deploying this power to address social aims allows architects to contribute meaningfully to the future of the city by posing the critical question: ‘what if?’

PLOT’s (now BIG and JDS) scheme for the Klovermarken park was developed in response to Copenhagen’s acute housing shortage. Through a media campaign which promoted their solution to provide 3000 units within in a perimeter block without sacrificing a single sporting field, PLOT were able to generate significant public interest in the project, which led to the government holding a competition for the site. Although PLOT did not win the commission, the project is proceeding nonetheless, providing much-needed housing to the inner city, and demonstrating the value of practical vision. [8] (I’ve discussed this project before in an earlier post on Unsolicited Architecture.)

The Practicing Researcher

Architecture’s current model of charging as a percentage of the construction cost does little to justify the thinking and intelligence that is embedded in the process. The inability to distinguish our conceptual value from our production-focused value that this model implies also means we are not natural candidates for projects that require the approach of an architect, but that may not result in a building.

AMO, the think tank of the Office of Metropolitan Architecture, was established precisely to focus on this type of work, by applying ‘architectural thinking in its pure form to questions of organisation, identity, culture and program’. [9] The project Roadmap 2050: A Practical Guide to a Prosperous, Low-Carbon Europe, commissioned by the European Climate Foundation, delivers on its title with a radical scheme of integrated green power generation stretching from North Africa to Norway. By not being constrained to any particular building commission, this research can operate at a scale that holds the potential for real global impact. (I have discussed this project further in an earlier post Whole Earth Rise.)

The Long-Term Strategist

While form is an important aspect of the architect’s repertoire, it is now just one of a larger set of tools directed at achieving results. The challenge of environmental sustainability has brought with it the necessary obligation that buildings perform as designed, and can adapt throughout their life to meet changing demands and targets. We can no longer simply design the object, but must also design the strategy of implementation and long-term evaluation as part of our responsibilities.

The Low2No competition organised by the Finnish innovation fund Sitra made these long-term strategies a central requirement of the design brief. [10] With the ambitious aim of producing an urban development solution in Helsinki that would over time be carbon negative, the teams were asked not only to produce an architectural vision, but a future strategy for delivering these environmental results. By looking beyond the immediate horizon of project completions, the strategist takes on a greater responsibility and interest in a successful outcome.

The Design Management Thinker

One of the current buzzwords in the design world at the moment is ‘design thinking’. Although it has many definitions, one interpretation is of the application of a design approach to problems in fields outside of design, such as business and management. [11] This is heralded as a potential means for designers to expand their reach and to reclaim their instrumentality and relevance to other disciplines.

However, we are also witnessing the rise of its inverse; a more threatening scenario whereby management consultants occupy the territory traditionally held by architects. As the role of cities in the globalised world evolves from simply being designed to deliver quality of life, to being speculative instruments of investment, governments are increasingly turning to financial and management consultants for advice instead of urbanists or architects. This is particularly true in the Gulf region of the Middle East, where McKinsey & Company has produced the Vision 2030 plan for Bahrain, and have reportedly also been developing the plans for Saudi Arabia’s new economic cities. [12] This potential future should be treated by architects as both a warning and an opportunity for coalition.

The Unsolicited Architect

The potential for architects to address the challenges of the future are limited by our reactive model of commissioning. In a concept outlined by Volume magazine in the issue of the same name, unsolicited architects create their own briefs, identify their own sites, approach their own clients and find their own financing. This requires a more entrepreneurial mindset, as the tools of architecture and architectural thinking are only powerful if they can be unshackled from the constraints of a given brief.

Faced with the planned demolition of the building where they have their offices to make way for encroaching gentrification, landscape architects ZUS created ‘De Dépendance’, a counter proposal to reuse the building as a centre for urban culture and a hub for like-minded institutions and businesses. [13] With support from the municipality and media exposure, they were able to turn around the developer, who now supports their proposal. By developing a viable alternative, instead of merely protesting, ZUS were able to steer the project to an outcome that is both equitable and beneficial for all parties."
architecture  design  future  practice  2014  roryhyde  marcuswestbury  elemental  alejandroaravena  transdisciplinary  markburry  klovermarken  big  jds  plot  amo  oma  low2no  sitra  strategy  via:ablerism 
february 2014 by robertogreco
cityofsound: Sketchbook: Print-on-demand work-in-progress
"The fact that things could be emailed, which is a prerequisite, also meant they were too easy to ignore. By making something easy to disseminate via email, you were also placing it in a fast-flowing stream of other objects… 

We wanted to exploit the fertile middle ground of “work in progress” with something that was a little more engaging, that would pull focus onto the discussions at hand, yet not so over-produced that the thing couldn’t iterate or evolve. Something that could be thrown around in a workshop—literally!—accessed in linear or non-linear fashion, carry visual and textual information, carried on the person, or remain guiltily within sight on someone’s desk. Something physical and digital' which might have an allure over simply digital, at least at the form of artifacts.

In other words, a small book. So a simple InDesign template later, and a not-quite-so-simple PDF upload a little later, a bunch of A5 books emerged via Lulu’s print-on-demand (POD) service."

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workinprogress  communication  email  oma  documentation  process  craigmod  printondemand  low2no  amazon  layout  jamesgoggiin  magcloud  dearlulu  helsinkidesignlab  sitra  newspaperclub  blurb  lulu  projectideas  glvo  books  indesign  pdf  printing  2012  selfpublishing  self-publishing  cityofsound  danhill  unbook  from delicious
august 2012 by robertogreco
Brute Force Architecture and its Discontents - etc
"More so than cardboard or other model making materials, blue foam erases the signature of its creator allowing for an easier ‘apples to apples’ comparison. The anonymizing uniformity of the cut surfaces and alien blueness of the foam itself allowed multiple workers to prepare options in parallel without the differences of personal craft becoming an element of distraction during moments of evaluation. The cumulative effect means that a table covered in foam models all produced by different individuals can be assessed for their ideas rather than the quirks of who made them or how they were created. What’s on display are the ideas themselves, without any distracting metadata or decoration. This is the model making equivalent of Edward Tufte’s quest to eliminate chartjunk."
bryanboyer  thermalpaper  smlxl  flatness  hierarchy  computation  computing  alanturing  ideation  oma  mvrdv  rex  big  howwework  thinking  making  bruteforcearchitecture  2012  zahahadid  collaboration  chartjunk  edwardtufte  process  remkoolhaas  architecture  design  horizontality  horizontalidad  from delicious
june 2012 by robertogreco
"We might call this park a proto- or supra-urban landscape, in that its experience evokes the qualities we would want a city to have, foremost among them the ingredients of our personally selected self-invention. It is very much a people’s park, not because it caters to the lowest common denominators of expectations, but playfully challenges people to make of it what they can, each in their own way.

This project reminds us that there was once a Rem Koolhaas quite different from the corporate starchitect we see today. His work in the 70s and early 80s was radical and innovative, but did not get built. Often he didn’t seem to care—it was the ideas that mattered. However, his scheme for the Parc de la Villette begs to have been built and we can only regret that it never was."
architecture  history  france  radicals  remkoolhaas  oma  1970s  1980s  bravery  notcaring  competition  lebbeuswoods  bernardtschumi  parcdelalavillette  brashness  cv  corporatism  starchitects  meaning  sellingout  francoismitterand  grandsprojets  1984  from delicious
april 2011 by robertogreco
Sustainability: advancement vs. apocalypse [via:]
"Now, what about architecture? I think what the crisis will mean for us is an end to the ¥€$ regime. For those who didn't recognize it, this is a collection of masterpieces by architects in the last ten years (25). It's a skyline of icons showing, mercilessly, that an icon may be individually plausible, but that collectively they form an ultimately counterproductive and self-canceling kind of landscape. So that is out.
architecture  sustainability  oma  remkoolhaas  crisis  projects  theory  extinction 
november 2009 by robertogreco
REX architecture / joshua prince-ramus interview [also see section on advice to the young]
"would like to have more money to play w/, but if there are big constraints, you're obliged to come to very creative solutions...never seen a constraint that we didn't like. office's ethos is about not designing objects, but designing have the confidence that with enough people, enough intelligence & enough energy, the process will lead to a conclusion that far exceeds anything you could have sketched initially or individually. we call this the 'lost art of productively losing control.’ ... I have a rule with my daughter. she's just turning four, but from the day she was born, I've always tried to make her understand there's no concept of 'away.’ you can't throw it ‘away.’ you can't flush it ‘away.’ it may not be here any longer, but it's there, somewhere, impacting the world. what troubles me most - as an architect - is that I'm a participant in the problem...we don't exercise the option of 'no.’...the fact that we can do less bad, doesn't mean we're doing good"
princeramus  architecture  interviews  sustainability  parenting  process  problemsolving  remkoolhaas  oma  rex  architects  design  tcsnmy  glvo 
october 2009 by robertogreco
Seattle Central Library: Civic Architecture in the Age of Media: Places: Design Observer
"not only traditional book & library that has become threatened by new digital & electronic media, but traditional forums of public life itself...current popular culture promotes this belief...suggest that city might no longer be something to escape, but something to which we should remain “connected.” exists between ourselves & city, as if to suggest our bodies cannot be located there w/out it...Though Koolhaas’s initial training as screenwriter has often been noted, his Seattle project suggests connection to media culture in fact now transcends linear narratives & scenographic strategies of film structure alone, involving new references to the potentially more interactive strategies of the digital age. Most importantly, this engagement with contemporary visual culture has occurred not by reducing architecture to mere backdrop for the digital, but by once again employing the spatial & temporal tactics natural to it to engage us more fully in collective life."
design  architecture  remkoolhaas  media  libraries  seattle  creativity  information  collectivity  interactivity  digit  medialculturepublicspace  urban  cities  coexistence  culture  urbanism  publicspace  oma  seattlepubliclibrary 
august 2009 by robertogreco
cityofsound: Benjamin H. Bratton (Postopolis! LA)
"now we choice but to focus attention on the conception of the Pre-. We are now...Pre-other things & some of the things we do now will scale into epochal institutions... Stamen will make maps for Olympic committees but their real interest is in how informationally-enabled modes of a cognitive urbanism can make space more permanently adventurous not just more transparent. They are card carrying Situationists...Their project is a new city. Their mandate is of the Pre, not so much the Post...Because design was a symbol of the bubble it is also a symbol of the bubble’s collapse. ... many ways of doing things, of designing things, of consuming things, of consuming design are ... zombie ideas. ... the opportunity is potentially at hand to redesign many of the fundamental social, cultural, economic institutions that govern our lives, and not just design the content that would fill these forms ... design model to which we should pay more attention is not productive, but subtractive."
benjaminbratton  danhill  cityofsound  sustainability  postopolis  cities  urban  politics  architecture  design  urbanism  stamendesign  situationist  postarchitectural  crisis  2009  theory  oma  remkoolhaas  collapse  economics  gamechanging  ucsd  losangeles 
april 2009 by robertogreco
Last One Out Turn Out the Lights |
"Soon Dubai will abandoned to sink back into the sands. I think it'll be much more interesting that way, with feral animals running wild, Chernobyl-style, in the ruins. As for the Times, at a symposium last Saturday at Columbia someone said "What if the Times closed, they have dozens of reporters in the Baghdad bureau… How could bloggers replace them?" Yochai Benkler stated "But they are responsible for the war! Remember Judith Miller?" He is so right. What if our news from Baghdad came from actual Iraqs, people who understand the context and speak the language? Oh tired, old Grey Lady, maybe it's time to shut the doors on the Foster building and call it a day? The face-lift didn't work, it just made things worse. Your structural function as an enabler for the growth machine has been a non-stop embarrassment for all involved and now its time to pay the price."
kazysvarnelis  dubai  bubble  economics  growth  nytimes  cities  architecture  dept  finance  capitalism  journalism  collapse  oma  remkoolhaas  china  iraq  war  cheerleading  realestate  2009 
february 2009 by robertogreco
Eikongraphia » Blog Archive » OMA, AMO, MAO
"How should we call this third branch? After ‘OMA’ and ‘AMO’ there are only four other configurations of the letters ‘O’, ‘M’, ‘A’ left: OAM, AOM, MOA and MAO. I opt for MAO.
via:adamgreenfield  architecture  design  urbanism  oma  amo  mao  zeitgeist  future  art  remkoolhaas 
january 2009 by robertogreco
cityofsound: State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, Donovan Hill / Peddle Thorpe, plus some notes on libraries in general
[broken link, try: ]

"Both the State Library of Queensland and the Seattle Public Library indicate how successful contemporary libraries can be, incorporating new informational function and reinvigorating public space without disregarding their traditional role. And most recent data suggests that libraries are indeed doing well worldwide now...This relationship between internet users and library users suggests possibilities in binding these activities together."
cityofsound  libraries  librarydesign  design  library2.0  seattle  brisbane  canada  us  australia  architecture  oma  seattlepubliclibrary 
august 2008 by robertogreco
SPIEGEL Interview with Rem Koolhaas: 'An Obsessive Compulsion towards the Spectacular'
"Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas talks about new trends in architecture and urban development, the end of the European city, the rise of Dubai, Russia and China, the obsession with XXXL and the difference between the people who design buildings for a living
remkoolhaas  architecture  design  culture  oma  economics  politics 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Architecture: Koolhaas Transforming House Is Worthy of Iron Man, Batman, and Optimus Prime Combined
"Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine are showing their film Koolhass Houselife across America, a fascinating movie about this living home that seems taken out of a science fiction movie. We talked with Ila about the house and their work around it."
architecture  design  remkoolhaas  film  documentary  technology  photography  oma  homes  housing 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Brand New: The 17 Sides of a Cultural Identity
"By using the building as a visual source, Stefan Sagmeister created a dynamic, faceted and endlessly varied identity — all literally speaking. The resulting logo is perhaps, well, not pretty, but as a vessel for the complete identity and adaptable exec
algorithms  branding  brand  design  dynamic  logos  graphics  portugal  casademusica  oma  remkoolhaas  identity  stefansagmeister  generativelogos  graphicdesign  architecture  music  creativity 
november 2007 by robertogreco
How architecture firms name themselves. - By Witold Rybczynski - Slate Magazine
"over the last several decades architectural practices with names such as Mecanoo, UNStudio, and OMA have appeared—and that's just in Holland. What's going on?"
architecture  brand  design  history  names  naming  remkoolhaas  oma  amo 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Guadalupe HouseLife - Abitare
"Ila Bêka e Louise Lemoine seguono i passi e i pensieri di Guadalupe Acedo, custode e collaboratrice domestica nella celeberrima casa progettata da Rem Koolhaas a Bordeaux"
oma  amo  remkoolhaas  bordeaux  architecture  design  homes  housing 
september 2007 by robertogreco
Welcome to the future | Art & Architecture | Guardian Unlimited Arts
"Any self-respecting world city now needs outlandish buildings, but what about the past? Superstar architect Rem Koolhaas tells Jonathan Glancey why even he gets nostalgic"
architecture  art  beijing  china  design  cities  remkoolhaas  oma  amo  urbanism  society  urban  history 
september 2007 by robertogreco
organizing vision: rem koolhaas's little brother, amo: Architecture + Design:
"Rem Koolhaas's revolutionary approach to architecture extends to any arena that can be designed, from fashion to geopolitics."
remkoolhaas  oma  amo  design  architecture  fashion 
september 2007 by robertogreco
On The Cusp
"Amale Andraos and Dan Wood—a pair of OMA alums—emerge from the long shadow of Rem Koolhaas."
architecture  design  oma  amo  remkoolhaas 
august 2007 by robertogreco
icon | 050 | august
50 manifestoes: maeda, koolhaas, acconci, wamders, mau, sagmeister, thackara, hadid, prince-ramus, mayne, FAT, antonelli, manaugh, holl, chalayan, rogers
design  manifestos  architecture  remkoolhaas  oma  amo  princeramus  vitoacconci  thommayne  jonmaeda  thackara  zahahadid  stevenholl  johnmaeda 
august 2007 by robertogreco
dezeen » Blog Archive » Kuwait Al-Rai masterplan by OMA
"OMA in the Middle East: Office for Metropolitan Architecture has sent images and text of its Kuwait Al-Rai Development Masterplan - a study for a major mixed development in Kuwait City."
remkoolhaas  oma  amo  urban  design  cities  architecture 
july 2007 by robertogreco
dezeen » Blog Archive » Jeddah International Airport by OMA
"OMA in the Middle East: Office for Metropolitan Architecture have designed a new international airport for Jeddah in Saudi Arabia."
architecture  design  remkoolhaas  oma  amo  airports  transportation 
july 2007 by robertogreco
dezeen » Blog Archive » RAK Gateway by OMA
"OMA in the Middle East: RAK Gateway is a masterplan by Office for Metropolitan Architecture for a large urban development at Ras Al Khaimah, the northernmost of the United Arab Emirates."
cities  urban  design  architecture  oma  amo  remkoolhaas 
july 2007 by robertogreco
dezeen » Blog Archive » Porsche Design Towers by OMA/Porsche Design
"OMA in the Middle East: Office for Metropolitan Architecture have sent us some new renderings, plans and sections of Porsche Design Towers I and II, which they are jointly designing with Porsche Design."
oma  amo  remkoolhaas  design  architecture  porschedesign 
july 2007 by robertogreco
dezeen » Blog Archive » Torre Bicentenario in Mexico City by OMA
"Office for Metropolitan Architecture has designed what will be the tallest tower in Latin America, to be built in the centre of Mexico City."
oma  amo  remkoolhaas  mexico  mexicodf  df  design  architecture  mexicocity 
july 2007 by robertogreco
TED | Talks | David Kelley: The future of design is human-centered (video)
"Low-key and thoughtful, IDEO founder David Kelley seems the antithesis of the "design star" -- and indeed, he says that product design, within the past two decades, has become much less about the design and more about the user who'll be experiencing it."
design  industrial  ted  ideo  video  deas  interactive  remkoolhaas  oma  prada  retail  spyfish  marine  ocean  innovation  dilbert  work  space  cubicles  human  technology  ux  experience  user  davidkelley 
june 2007 by robertogreco prada epicenter revisited
"Ubicomp is hard, understanding people, context, and the world is hard, getting computers to handle everyday situations is hard, and expectations are set way too high. I used to say ubicomp was a ten-year problem; now I'm starting to think that it's reall
ubicomp  prada  rfid  exploratorium  oma  remkoolhaas  technology  society  people  ubiquitous  shopping 
may 2007 by robertogreco to the Architecture of Hell
"Religion has always been a kind of spatial practice. That's why it built most of the history of architecture." "On past form, OMA, Zaha, Foster and co. would have few qualms in masterplanning hell."
architecture  history  religion  maps  mapping  space  drawing  hell  oma  remkoolhaas  zahahadid 
may 2007 by robertogreco
Office for Metropolitan Architecture
"AMO's work is to develop new models of thinking about systems and to create clearly considered blueprints for change. AMO often works parallel to OMA for the same clients, providing extra services in the domains of organization and identity while, at the
remkoolhaas  oma  amo  design  architecture  bigidea  ideas  systems  organizations  planning 
february 2007 by robertogreco
Wired 8.06: Exploring the Unmaterial World
"Sometimes not building is the right answer, but it is not one that architects are trained to recommend. When appropriate, AMO can even propose the destruction of buildings "
architecture  remkoolhaas  wired  bigidea  design  libraries  oma  amo  space  work  ideas  interaction  unproduct  notbuilding 
february 2007 by robertogreco
domus d'autore
"Domus d'Autore 'Post-Occupancy' offers four extraordinary virtual tours. If you are registered on the domus site you can view for free the tour of the Illinois Institute of Technology - Chicago and the three demos of the other tours. Click on 'View Shock
architecture  remkoolhaas  oma  design  tours 
january 2007 by robertogreco
Archinect : Discussion Forum : Rem demands boycott
"how about ban star architects entering competitions? especially if they have friends on the jury. OR ban star architects using academic institutions (and the future loans of students) to do all the research for forthcoming books and talks which they pers
architecture  competition  design  remkoolhaas  oma  education  universities  colleges 
january 2007 by robertogreco » Ole Scheeren
"I am interested in architecture not so much as built object, but more as what I call organizational structures – complex systems of interrelations and interaction."
architecture  china  interviews  design  oma  remkoolhaas 
december 2006 by robertogreco
Archinect : News : Welcome to Lagos?
The megacity: Decoding the chaos of Lagos - George Packer article from New Yorker - November 13, 2006
cities  urban  urbanism  design  architecture  lagos  africa  remkoolhaas  economics  politics  planning  poverty  oma 
november 2006 by robertogreco
Rem Koolhaas | TIME Europe Magazine | 60 Years of Heroes
"The Dutch architect and urban visionary spotted a wealth of potential in our congested cities"
architecture  remkoolhaas  design  cities  urban  urbanism  oma 
november 2006 by robertogreco
OMA's Race to Construct in China
"International architectural partnership OMA (of Rem Koolhaas fame) is relishing the challenge of building a new headquarters for China's national broadcaster"
oma  remkoolhaas  architecture  design  china  politics  culture  society  cities  construction 
november 2006 by robertogreco
Archinect : Entry2006/Open House exhibitioin in OMA-designed Zollverein bldg. on flickr
"flickr photoset with numerous pics of the Entry2006 Exhibitions in OMA-designed reused Kohlenwasche building at Zollverein, including Open House: Architecture & Technology for Intelligent Living featuring classic 'houses of the future' alongside new ones
remkoolhaas  photography  architecture  events  local  losangeles  pasadena  oma 
october 2006 by robertogreco
Forget 40 Winks: 24 Hours of Rem | Metropolis Magazine
"Architect Rem Koolhaas and art historian Hans Ulrich Obrist interview over sixty artists, architects, and writers for 24 hours…straight."
art  architecture  design  remkoolhaas  oma 
september 2006 by robertogreco
The Observer | Magazine | Tim Adams meets architect Rem Koolhaas
"OMA - and its related think-tank, AMO - is in the business of invisible cities."
architecture  design  remkoolhaas  oma  amo  cities 
june 2006 by robertogreco
The Koolhaas Kids Come of Age
"Joshua Prince-Ramus explains why disciples of Rem Koolhaas are moving beyond the iconic Dutch architect's ideas, with a more collaborative style"
architecture  thinking  organizations  collaborative  problemsolving  remkoolhaas  oma  princeramus 
february 2006 by robertogreco

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