Rem Koolhaas recently took a walking tour of Hafencity, in Der
Speigel's hometown, Hamburg, then had a nose around the German
weekly magazine's new headquarters. Along the way, he talked to
Spiegel's culture editors Philipp Oehmke and Tobias Rapp about the
complex effects of the free market on projects like Hafencity
(where OMA once had a project), AMO's
new book about the Metabolists, Project
Japan, and how the Spiegel staff can "occupy" their own
building. Full intereview
here; German original here.
Back in November, Victor van der Chijs spoke at the Barbican in
London about the strategic and selective use of prudence as he
manages the economics and the strategy of OMA. Now you can watch
the video of his lecture, in which he describes OMA's balancing act
between adventure and economy, big and small, new and old, public
BuildingDesign visited the new New Court in London and made a movie
about the new headquarters for Rothschild. Rem Koolhaas and
Ellen van Loon of OMA speak exlusively to BD of their rejection of
the 'rat race of extravagance'.
Court, the new headquarters for Rothschild Bank which opened in
the City of London last week, was reviewed by Rowan Moore in the
Observer on Sunday. "OMA ... likes to squeeze whatever public value
there might be in a commission, even out of a discreet private
bank. The collonade along the lane can be used by anyone, in effect
widening the street, and on the far side of the podium a view opens
up to the churchyard of Wren's St Stephen Walbrook." Read the full
Rem Koolhaas discusses OMA's practice in an interview with Dutch Design Fashion Architecture: "I don't think you can make critical architecture because, in a sense, architecture always supports someone else's impulse. On the other hand I think our architecture is thoroughly critical because every subject, every question, every ambition is analysed and is placed on the operating table, as it were..."
Todd Reisz, the editor of Al Manakh 2, spoke together with Rem Koolhaas at Columbia University's school of Architecture, Planning and Preservation last Friday to launch Al Manakh 2 in New York. A critical moment in the US for a book that investigates the growing interconnectedness of the Gulf. Read the report on the blog Human Scribbles.
OMA, Palazzo delle Esposizioni OMA’s exhibition shows that nearly 12% of the planet is marked as ‘preserved’ and increasingly the boundaries of preservation are narrowing. Radical change and radical stasis and the unmitigated rise of the preserved building. VIDEO more
By Matt Tyrnauer, August 2010 What is the most important piece of architecture built since 1980? Vanity Fair’s survey of 52 experts, including 11 Pritzker Prize winners, has provided a clear answer:
09 May 2010 Feature on Roadmap 2050: A Practical Guide to a Prosperous, Low-Carbon Europe, a report commissioned by the European Climate Foundation by five leading consultancies: Imperial College London, KEMA, McKinsey & Company, Oxford Economics and AMO.
10 May 2010 Interview with Rem Koolhaas and Feature on Al Manakh: Gulf Continued, a 536-page guide to the Gulf published by AMO, Pink Tank, Archis and the Netherlands Architecture Institute in April 2010. more
The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority has brushed aside concerns that the final design of the arts hub will end up being a mishmash of incoherent elements. The final plan for the 42-hectare project would maintain the integrity of its original design, the authority's chief executive, Graham Sheffield, said.
14 April 2010 Rem Koolhaas delivers a lecture at Cornell University – where OMA is building a major extension to the College of Art, Architecture, and Planning – on OMA's projects in the US, built and unbuilt.