This lecture will survey three interrelated topic of particular relevance to OMA’s recent investigations and will include discussions of the growth of preservation, and its blind spots; the relationship between architecture and democracy; and the ongoing construction and evolution of the architecture office itself.
Rem Koolhaas founded OMA in 1975 with Elia and Zoe Zenghelis and Madelon Vriesendorp. After studying at London’s Architectural Association, he published the seminal Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan in 1978. He now heads the work of both OMA and AMO. AMO, the research branch of Rotterdam-based OMA, operates in areas beyond the realm of architecture, and includes investigations into media, politics, renewable energy, and fashion. Recent OMA projects include the Dee and Charles Wyly Theater, Casa da Musica, Shenzhen Stock Exchange, and CCTV headquarters. Koolhaas has received, among other honors, the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2000 and the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2010 Venice Biennale. Koolhaas is a professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, where he conducted the Project on the City. Notable publications include S,M,L,XL and Content.