Portugal doesn’t really need Rem Koolhaas. It reputedly produces more architects per head of population than any other country in the world. And it has two of the greatest living architects – Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Souta de Moura – sharing an office in Porto, its second city.
A nomadic museum designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has materialised on the west side of Manhattan.
Moma was once the world’s greatest laboratory of modern art. Now it is merely its greatest repository.
Seattle has set a new standard for public architecture in America with the opening of Rem Koolhaas’ Central Library.
The office of Rem Koolhaas is on the seventh floor of an unremarkable office block in Rotterdam – a city “without any demands, without any scene, without any culture, without any temptations,” he says. “we live in an almost perfect stillness and work with incredible urgency.”
The first two spreads contain adverts for Prada and Gucci and one of the first essays is titled “The Evil Architects Do” – welcome to Content, Rem Koolhaas’s new book.
The intersection of mundanity, necessity and the sublime is showcased in the Thomas Heatherwick Conran Collection at the Design Museum.
Thomas Heatherwick is playing with a yellow plastic tooth-flossing device. He picked it up at Boots, and he uses it every day. "Flossing is a nightmare of jamming your fingers in your mouth," he says. "Your fingertips go blue. But you only need one hand to use this."
Rem Koolhaas has completed his first North American building, at the Illinois Institute of Technology.