Rem Koolhaas/OMA: The Construction of Merveilles

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EPFL Press, 2008 - Architects - 343 pages
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In this book, the projects, buildings and theories of Koolhaas, as well as the other members of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, are examined in chronological and thematic sequence, beginning with the period of Koolhaas¿ education at the Architectural Association School of Architecture of London in the cultural context of the neo-avant-gardes at the end of the 60s and at the beginning of the 70s. The essay then discusses the period of his stay in New-York, his contact with Ungers, Eisenman, Rowe, as well as the polemic confrontation with the emerging post-modernism movement; and it concludes with the last critical contributions of Koolhaas. The starting point is design, which, in the case of Koolhaas, usually grows out of an alchemy of logic, influenced both by the proposed program (as viewed by the clients and institutions) and the metaphorical and autobiographical aspiration of the artist. The analysis is carried through to the details of construction, with special attention paid to the choice of materials, the configuration of the structure, and the role and position of the installation. The book is richly illustrated and includes an exhaustive bibliography.


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Learning from Manhattan 197274 165 From the Terminal at Zeebrugge to the Grand Palais
Teaching at the Architectural AssociationSchool
The Culture of Congestion and the poché plan of architecture
paranoidcritical 227 Theory of Bigness
Chapter 2 New Sobriety vs PostModern for towers
the criteria of the Cadavre Exquis 246 Chapter 5 Generic volume informal polyhedral solids
Polemical writings of OMA 197980 247 The McCormick Tribune Campus Center and the
Haussmannian poché and sponge
projects for Paris 198283 263 The generic volume with trajectory and the prism
collision with sloping planes Almere Block 6 Dutch Embassy
apotheosis of the merveilles
metamorphosis 324 The age of icon

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Having obtained his degree at the Faculty in Florence in 1983, Roberto Gargiani completed his doctorate on the history of architecture and urbanism in 1992. He has published several works on Perret, Le Corbusier, Labrouste, Semper and Brunelleschi.

Roberto Gargiani taught the history of architecture in Florence, Rouen and Paris then, beginning in 1999, at the Faculty of Architecture at Roma Tre where he was appointed to the post of Professor in 2001. In 1999, he became Visiting Professor at the EPFL, teaching the history of architecture to 3rd and 4th year students. In March 2005, he was appointed to the post of Professor of the history of architecture and construction at the School of Architecture of the ENAC Faculty. He is currently head of the Theory and History of Architecture Laboratory of the Institute of Architecture, at the EPFL, Lausanne.

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