PRINT December 1994

John Rajchman talks with Rem Koolhaas

REM KOOLHAAS IS THE DUTCH architect who came to the U.S. in the ’70s to find in Manhattan an unwritten manifesto—part Surrealist, part rationalist—for a metropolitan “culture of congestion.” His Delirious New York, of 1978, sounded a new note in architecture, urbanism, and the manner in which they might be related to one another. It was at odds with urban planning and “renewal,” out of sync with both a European “contextualism” and an Asian “critical regionalism.” Yet it would lead Koolhaas to what many now recognize as some of the most significant architecture to have emerged in the last half-century. That is why Koolhaas’ current show at the Museum of Modern Art, curated by Terence Riley, has been so eagerly awaited. At last old New York gets a look at this work.

In addition, Koolhaas is about to release a brick of a book entitled S, M, L, XL, which details what he and his Rotterdam-based

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