Monocle magazine talks to Rem Koolhaas about preservation and OMA's plans for the Fondaco dei Tedeschi at this year's Venice architecture biennale. "What is very important to realise is that Venice is not a stable entity. It's physically threatened but it's also threatened from depopulation,” Koolhaas says. Accordingly, the Fondaco is "a very deliberate effort to inject in that building but also in Venice a very strong, alive and intense and modern experience."
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..."
For his NOW Interview project, Hans Ulrich Obrist interviewed every participating architect and artist at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice. In the Arsenale on 25 August, Obrist talked to Rem Koolhaas about preservation and OMA's "Cronocaos" exhibition. This video, along with dozens of others, is now playing in the Arsenale. Via la Biennale Channel.
The first ever "high level" cultural forum between the European Union and China, in Brussels this Wednesday and Thursday, will include a talk by Rem Koolhaas on interactions between the continents, and on OMA's ongoing work in China. The forum will be introduced by China's prime minister Wen Jiabao and the president of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso. Other participants include Umberto Eco, Julia Kristeva and Peter Sloterdijk. More info here. more
Hong Kong, 28 September 2010 – OMA's first completed project in Hong Kong opens today: museum-quality exhibition space and offices for the Edouard Malingue Gallery, the city's first gallery dedicated to Impressionist and Modernist masterpieces. more
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.
Rotterdam, 10 September 2010 – OMA has won the competition for a major new library, the Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale (BMVR), in Caen, France. The 12,000m2 building will be the focal point of new development in Caen. Surpassing five submissions by internationally-renowned competitors, the project, led by OMA associate-in-charge Clément Blanchet, will be OMA’s first cultural building in France.
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
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
At the 12th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice today,
Rem Koolhaas was awarded the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement
by Biennale director Kazuyo Sejima. Koolhaas commented: "It is a
really wonderful moment to get a lifetime achievement award in the
middle of my career. I will certainly treat it as an encouragement
for further action. Thank you."
Venice, 27 August, 2010 – OMA today unveils its design for the major restoration and redefinition of one of Venice's largest and most iconic buildings: the Fondaco dei Tedeschi, a property owned by the Benetton family, adjacent to the Rialto Bridge on the Grand Canal. more
Given that we often criticize the meager and token efforts of
fern-covered walls or 'greenwashed' products which often surface at
biennales, admittedly we found it a bit strange to come to Venice
and talk about sustainability. We wanted, however, to use the
opportunity to suggest that architects could play a larger role in
addressing the urgency of the issue.
In a rare meeting of minds, Rem Koolhaas, Norman Foster and Rocco
Yim this afternoon presented their conceptual masterplans for the
West Kowloon Cultural District in the Hong Kong pavilion at the
Venice architecture biennale. OMA's design is based on the model of
urban villages, which Koolhaas explains here...
Rem Koolhaas and Reinier de Graaf of OMA just participated in
a forum at the Teatro Piccolo with the founders of Strelka, a
new school in Moscow starting in October, for which AMO is
developing the educational program.
OMA's exhibition on Preservation - its expanding territories,
increasing demands, and unforeseen side effects - is opening to the
press today at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition in
Venice. With the theme of CRONOCAOS, we explore the wrenching
simultaneity of preservation and destruction, which is destroying
any sense of a linear evolution of time. more
Hong Kong, 20 August, 2010 - The West Kowloon Cultural District
Authority unveiled today OMA's conceptual masterplan for a major
new arts district in Hong Kong. Under OMA's plan - one of three
competing proposals - the 40 hectare waterfront site facing
Victoria Harbour would become an authentic environment of three
urban villages embedded in a new public park, Hong Kong's
Moscow, 19 August 2010 – Strelka, a new postgraduate school in Moscow for Media, Architecture and Design, is teaming up with OMA at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition – directed by Kazuyo Sejima and titled People meet in Architecture – for a conversation on architectural education – in Russia and beyond. OMA’s think tank, AMO, has developed an educational programme for Strelka, which will open its doors to students in October. more
Rotterdam, 19 August, 2010 – OMA's major installation 'Preservation' opens next week in Venice at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition, alongside exhibits on current work around the world and a new, large-scale preservation project in Venice itself. more