New York

West 8

Storefront for Art and Architecture

The analogy might go something like this: Dutch landscape firm West 8 is to the Office for Metropolitan Architecture what Swedish bubblegum band Ace of Bass is to ABBA. Both West 8 and Ace of Bass are clearly derivative of iconic figures from their native lands who had made critical splashes (in architectural theory and ultra-white disco, respectively) in the United States in the mid ’70s. In both cases, the figures that the younger artists choose to emulate confirm their good taste, or at least their pop savvy, which is arguably more important.

“Fuck the park,” the catchiest single to date from West 8 frontman Adriaan Geuze, samples generously from “Fuck context,” that unapologetic justification for Bigness put forth by OMA lead vocalist Rem Koolhaas (included in the group’s recently released greatest-hits package, S,M,L,XL). “Fuck the park” appropriately sums up West 8’s aggressively

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