Why is Rem Koolhaas the World's Most Controversial Architect?

24/08/2012
Why is Rem Koolhaas the World's Most Controversial Architect?
By Nicolai Ouroussoff. Smithsonian magazine, September 2012
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Rem Koolhaas, 67. Koolhaas' habit of shaking up established conventions has made him one of the most influential architects of his generation. Photograph © Tung Walsh
I thought had lost track of Nicolai Ourousseoff since he left The New York Times. It is possible you remember his articles there. Now, this interesting article by Nicolai Ouroussoff now writing for the Smithsonian magazine on Rem Koolhaas, the most influential architect of his generation.

Inteligente and provocative article by Nicolai, which shows us the most important differences with other architects of his generation. Below, some highlights of article and more down the link to the article. Hut tip, Nicolai!

"Koolhaas’ habit of shaking up established conventions has made him one of the most influential architects of his generation. A disproportionate number of the profession’s rising stars, including Winy Maas of the Dutch firm MVRDV and Bjarke Ingels of the Copenhagen-based BIG, did stints in his office. Architects dig through his books looking for ideas; students all over the world emulate him. The attraction lies, in part, in his ability to keep us off balance. Unlike other architects of his stature, such as Frank Gehry or Zaha Hadid, who have continued to refine their singular aesthetic visions over long careers, Koolhaas works like a conceptual artist—able to draw on a seemingly endless reservoir of ideas."

Yet Koolhaas’ most provocative—and in many ways least understood—contribution to the cultural landscape is as an urban thinker. Not since Le Corbusier mapped his vision of the Modernist city in the 1920s and ’30s has an architect covered so much territory. Koolhaas has traveled hundreds of thousands of miles in search of commissions. Al...read more

OMA

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KOOLHAAS

Rem Koolhaas was born in Rotterdam in 1944. He began his career as a journalist, working for the Haagse Post, and as a set-designer in the Netherlands and Hollywood. He beganHe frequented the Architectural Association School in London and studied with Oswald Mathias Ungers at Cornell University. In 1978, he wrote Delirious New York: a retroactive manifesto for Manhattan, which has become ...read more