New York

Rem Koolhaas

Max Protetch

The move from theory to practice is often awkward. There are countless examples of architects whose speculations are far more exciting than their constructed projects. While some of this may be accounted for by the constraints of external circumstances (budget, site, client requirements, etc.), much of the difference seems to be due to the architect-practitioner’s more limited approach, a limitation that is wholly self-imposed. As the authors of brave new visions for cities and urban sites, Rem Koolhaas and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture have created an important niche for themselves in architectural theory and research. Since Koolhaas’ graduation in 1972 from the Architectural Association School in London, which has long been considered a center for ferment and bold investigation, he has produced both stretches of fantasy and serious propositions, represented in magnificent and

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