For our special 50th issue we asked 50 of the most influential architects, designers and thinkers to tell us what they believe in.
London went pavilion mad this summer. The most high-profile folly was Rem Koolhaas' Serpentine Pavilion. The Architectural Association's summer pavilion shares the same DNA as its bigger brother at London’s Serpentine Gallery.
Rem Koolhaas I mean so many people live here that you don’t know live here. I interviewed Wolfgang Tillmans here last week – he lives here. And the reason so many of us live here is because it is for all of us the most anonymous condition.
Beer companies don't normally do urban regeneration. But in October, Heineken transformed a row of crumbling grain warehouses in Valencia into an exhibition space and concert venue.
The furniture on sale at the White store in TriBeCa, New York, looks familiar. In the cavernous showroom, and on the shelves that line the walls, stand pieces that rank among the icons of 20th century design.
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.
When icon was invited on a whistlestop tour of the Dutch design scene, we of course said yes. But the trip took on new meaning when, in last month’s issue, Marcel Wanders said design in the Netherlands was in crisis, stifled by state subsidies and a lack of business sense. So what do leading figures in Amsterdam, Eindhoven and Rotterdam think?
Suddenly America is building some of the world’s most exciting architecture. So what’s happening in the land of the mall?
Seattle has set a new standard for public architecture in America with the opening of Rem Koolhaas’ Central Library.
Considering how highly books are respected, it’s strange how little is known about the mysterious world of publishing. Journalist and author Kester Rattenbury probes the arcane workings of a dilettantish industry and argues that while publishers are fighting to be noticed on the mass market, the very nature of the book is changing.
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.
Rem Koolhaas has completed his first North American building, at the Illinois Institute of Technology.