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In New York

Hal Foster: Plans for Ground Zero, 20 March 2003

... were established as the ur-forms of skyscraper New York (of ‘Manhattanism’, according to Rem Koolhaas). Eisenman is not often trumped rhetorically, but he was at the Winter Garden. Libeskind was the first to speak, and he told the tale of a Polish boy, aged 13, the son of Holocaust survivors, who in 1960 steamed into New York harbour on a ...

It’s Modern but is it contemporary?

Hal Foster, 16 December 2004

... disappear; you feel it, ultra-refined, everywhere, and its rarefaction permeates everything. As Rem Koolhaas recently remarked, ‘minimum is the ultimate ornament, a self-righteous crime, the contemporary baroque. Minimum is maximum in drag. It does not signify beauty, but guilt.’ I don’t know about the last part: I sense far more pride than guilt ...

Global Style

Hal Foster: Renzo Piano, 20 September 2007

Piano: Renzo Piano Building Workshop 1966-2005 
by Philip Jodidio.
Taschen, 528 pp., £79.99, February 2005, 3 8228 5768 8
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Renzo Piano Building Workshop Vol. IV 
by Peter Buchanan.
Phaidon, 240 pp., £22.95, January 2005, 0 7148 4287 7
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... buildings to appear grounded; in fact these traces rise in value, as do vestiges of the past (as Rem Koolhaas likes to say, there is just not enough past to go around, so its aura continues to skyrocket). Often, then, reference to the local appears in global architecture precisely as a trace souvenir of the old culture, a token at a remove, a ...

Prussian Disneyland

Jan-Werner Müller, 9 September 2021

... large void at Potsdamer Platz with bland corporate architecture, a decision decried at the time by Rem Koolhaas and many others.What​ does all this have to do with Angela Merkel? She wasn’t in power when the decision was made, and, unlike Helmut Kohl, who studied history and cared a great deal about monuments and museums, she has steadfastly shied ...


Pooja Bhatia: Media Theranos, 4 November 2021

... turning Ozy into the Utne Reader. I wrote sketches about encounters with people like Raoul Peck, Rem Koolhaas and Steve King, the racist Iowa congressman. The work was good but it didn’t add up to much. Would it have felt any more meaningful if people had read it? It’s impossible to know.About a year in I spent a day applying for a job at a ...
... airports – it is evident that circulation is what makes or breaks public architecture,’ Rem Koolhaas has written in another context. ‘Two simple, almost primitive, inventions have driven modernisation towards mass occupancy of previously unattainable heights: the elevator and the escalator.’ Of these, the escalator is the winner in places ...

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