PRINT November 1998


Rem Koolhaas is identified with an architecture that addresses the city, or as he would say, bigness. He is probably better known to the art world for S, M, L, XL (1995), the fat brilliant book he did with Bruce Mau. Koolhaas is an architect much admired for his thinking, one about whom one speaks dramatically and justifiably of great buildings not built (the TGB in Paris, the ZKM in Karlsruhe, the MoMA in New York). But he and his Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) are anything but paper architects. If their finished buildings seem obscure to Americans, it is because there are none for us to see, save the small, constantly modified interior of the Lehmann Maupin gallery in New York. But new OMA projects are springing up in the States and elsewhere: IIT in Chicago, the Dutch Embassy in Berlin, the Song-Do New Town master plan in Korea, and Universal Studios’ headquarters in Los

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