18 December 2012
Ecole Centrale conference with Rem Koolhaas and Clement Blanchet

In a recent public event at the Pavilion de l'Arsenal in Paris, OMA founding partner Rem Koolhaas and associate/director of French projects Clement Blanchet presented OMA's recent Ecole Centrale competition win and its urban development in Saclay. Blanchet questioned the future of education, explaining the concept of LABcity Ecole Centrale as a new educational platform for the twenty-first century whilst Koolhaas discussed OMA's previous educational projects such as Jussieu - Two Libraries and the McCormick Tribune Centre at IIT.

View the entire lecture here.

13 December 2012
OMA masterplan for Sydney convention and exhibition precinct redevelopment selected

The New South Wales Government annouced on Tuesday that Destination Sydney, consisting of Lend Lease, HOSTPLUS, Capella Capital, AEG Ogden and Spotless, is the preferred consortium for Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct (SICEEP) redevelopment. OMA is the masterplan designer within the consortium, and is also the conceptual architect of the ICC Hotels within the masterplan.

21 November 2012
Rem Koolhaas presented with Jencks Award 2012
In a public event last night at the Royal Insitute of British Architects (RIBA) in London, Rem Koolhaas was presented with the annual Charles Jencks Award. In his citation, Jencks, an architectural historian and designer, who first met Koolhaas at the Architectural Association in the late 1960s, said: "Rem Koolhaas, more than any other architect of his generation, has built a parallel life between the theory and practice of architecture." Koolhaas thanked Jencks for his longstanding "critical friendship," and then gave a lecture titled "Agenda: 4 Ambitions" which featured OMA's ongoing work in Eurasia, Lagos, preservation, and the countryside. View the lecture here. more
15 November 2012
De Rotterdam tops out

OMA's De Rotterdam, the largest building in the Netherlands, reached its highest point of construction - 150 metres - today. The achievement, exactly one year prior to the scheduled completion of the building, was marked by a ceremony attended by OMA partners-in-charge Rem Koolhaas and Ellen van Loon, and associate-in-charge Kees van Casteren.

8 November 2012
OMA’s Maggie’s Centre awarded RIAS Andrew Doolan award

In a ceremony today, OMA's Maggie's Centre Gartnavel in Glasgow was awarded the Andrew Doolan Award by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland. Named after its founder and patron, the architect/developer Andrew Doolan, the RIAS Doolan Award celebrates the best buildings in Scotland. Maggie's Centre was selected from a shortlist of 13 other projects. OMA partner-in-charge Ellen van Loon commented: "I sincerely thank the RIAS for this significant recognition. I am happy to announce that the £25,000 prize has been donated to Maggie's - a fantastic cause and a project which I thoroughly enjoyed working on."

19 October 2012
Rem Koolhaas awarded honorary doctorate

The Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam today awarded Rem Koolhaas an honorary doctorate for his "outstanding services to architecture." Professor Lex Bouter, Rector Magnificus of VUA, conferred the honor in a ceremony including talks on architecture by Michel ter Hark, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, and by the Belgian writer Kristien Hemmerechts. In his acceptance speech, Koolhaas cited a "constant curiosity" as the driver for his work in both building and writing.

16 October 2012
AMO’s "Chronicles of a Creative Itinerary" opens at Galeries Lafayette, Paris
Today at the Galeries Lafayette department store in Paris, AMO unveils the exhibition 1912-2012: Chronicles of a Creative Itinerary, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the construction of the store's monumental dome. more
3 October 2012
OMA wins competition for École Centrale engineering school in Saclay, France
OMA has won the competition for the new École Centrale engineering school and its surrounding urban development in the research and innovation zone of Saclay, southwest of Paris. With the concept of a "lab city," OMA was selected from four competing international architectural practices. The project is led by Clément Blanchet, director of OMA projects in France. more
3 October 2012
AMO-designed Miu Miu Spring/Summer 2013 show streaming live today

Miu Miu's spring/summer womens catwalk show, designed by AMO, streams live at 14:00 CET today. Watch the show live here.

20 September 2012
AMO's Real Fantasies for Prada

For the Prada Autumn/Winter 2012 lookbook and video Real Fantasies, AMO projects the future of fashion as a retrofitted past. Set within a dystopian society of machines and jagged geometries, genetically perfected clones roam digital colonies. Each scene depicts an antiquated landscape within a galaxy of characters engrossed in oblique and possibly deviant power dynamics. More information can be found here. Check out the video here.

29 August 2012
Rem Koolhaas wins Jencks award

Rem Koolhaas has been named the winner of the Jencks Award for 2012. Given annually to an individual (or practice) that has recently made a major contribution internationally to both the theory and practice of architecture, the Jencks Award will be presented on Tuesday 20 November at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in London. The event will feature a public lecture by Koolhaas, chaired by Charles Jencks, architectural theorist.  Jencks commented: "Rem Koolhaas, more than any other architect of his generation, has built a parallel life between the theory and practice of architecture." Previous winners of the Jencks Award include Zaha Hadid, Foreign Office Architects, Peter Eisenman, Cecil Balmond and Steven Holl.

27 August 2012
Public Works opens at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2012
Today at the Venice Biennale OMA unveils the exhibition Public Works, showcasing architectural masterpieces realized for the greater good by bureaucrats: 15 buildings, across different European cities, designed by architects employed by the public sector. The exhibition is curated by OMA Partner and Director of AMO Reinier de Graaf and by OMA Associate Laura Baird. more
1 August 2012
OMA to reimagine retail for Coach’s new stores
American fashion brand Coach has commissioned OMA to develop a new merchandizing system that accommodates Coach's wide diversity of products while returning to the clarity of Coach's heritage stores. The collaboration, led by OMA partner Shohei Shigematsu, will begin inside upcoming flagship stores in New York and Tokyo. more
27 July 2012
OMA designs engineering school Ecole Centrale in France

OMA has won a competition for the École Centrale Paris and its urban developments in Saclay. The project, led by Clément Blanchet, Director of OMA projects in France, has been selected to develop the engineering school, through a competition process against four international architectural practices.

25 July 2012
OMA curates exhibition at Galeries Lafayette

This autumn, Galeries Lafayette, Paris's iconic department store, will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its famed Cupola, a symbol of the store's commitment to culture. OMA has been invited to study this centennial cultural journey. Conceived by AMO, 1912-2012: Chroniques d'un parcours créatif is an exhibition reflecting the store's unique formula of mixing culture with shopping under the iconic stained glass, built in 1912 by architect Ferdinand Chanut and the master glassmaker Jacques Gruber.

6 July 2012
OMA exhibits new vision for Bordeaux
The exhibition "Bordeaux 50000," held at arc en rêve in Bordeaux, displays an urban strategy by OMA that addresses the city's bold ambition to expand housing with 50,000 new dwellings by 2030. Led by Rem Koolhaas and Clement Blanchet, the project, commissioned by the CUB (Bordeaux Urban Community) proposes visions for three sites in Bordeaux that vary in terms of population, scale, and density.
5 July 2012
OMA presents masterplan for Floriade 2022
As part of a team including the province of South Holland, eight local municipalities, and ARCADIS, OMA has designed a 60-hectare masterplan proposal for Floriade - the biggest horticultural expo in Europe - in 2022. Held every ten years since 1960, and attracting an average of 2 million visitors from around the world, 4 different cities across the Netherlands are competing to host the next Floriade. more
3 July 2012
OMA retains lead in 'Big Moscow' competition

In the second round of the 'Big Moscow' Competition - to masterplan Moscow's expansion - the team led by OMA was again among the top scoring teams, judged by a jury of international and local experts. After two rounds, OMA has the highest cumulative score, with the teams led by Grumbauch & Associates, Ricardo Bofill and Chernikov sharing second place.

26 June 2012
Milstein Hall at Cornell awarded LEED gold certification

Milstein Hall, OMA's extension of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP) at Cornell, has been awarded LEED Gold Certification. The award recognizes the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings in the United States.

21 June 2012
OMA awarded for Rothschild Bank and Maggie’s Centre

OMA's recently completed New Court headquarters for Rothschild bank in London and the new Maggie's Centre in Gartnavel, Scotland, have each received a 2012 RIBA Award for excellence. Both buildings are now contenders for this year's RIBA Stirling Prize. New Court has also won RIBA's London Building of the Year.

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