Remment Lucas Koolhaas (born 17 November 1944) is a Dutch architect, architectural theorist, urbanist and Professor in Practice of Architecture and Urban Design at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Koolhaas is the founding partner of OMA, and of its research-oriented counterpart AMO, currently based in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
"There is an extremely new domain being constructed, which partly undermines architecture or eliminates the reason for being of architecture -- the electronic domain," he says. "Now is an existential moment for a discipline that will decide whether it will be a dinosaur or whether it will be reinvented." It is this passion for upending tradition, more than architecture itself, that keeps Koolhaas engaged. He loves to rethink dinosaurs. Reinvention is his calling.
Set on a site that’s about as large as 37 football fields, Rem Koolhaas’s television authority headquarters in Beijing may initially seem intimidating. This 54-story tower leans and looms like some kind of science-fiction creature poised to stomp all over the surrounding central business district
In 1995, together with the graphic designer Bruce Mau, Koolhaas published S,M,L,XL - a book about contemporary society, architecture and urban planning. The book was also a survey of twelve years of OMA's work.
The Koolhaas philosophy "views the metropolis of the 20th century as the dominant area of experience in contemporary life," and sees peoples experience with architecture as part of this experience. He has been described as a true "post-modern" architect, challenging old beliefs and methods of design. [...] He attempts to move past purely pragmatic functionalism to architecture charged with references and association.
Earlier and more clearly than any contemporary architect, Rem Koolhaas […] recognized that architecture has been eclipsed by the Metropolis. While other architects have settled for being mere decorators of the scaffold of commerce, Koolhaas remains among the last holdouts to seek new possibilities and locuses for architecture.
Nicolai Ouroussoff critic for Los Angeles Times underlines this by: "There is little question that Rem Koolhaas is one of the most influential architects of the last 20 years. As an architectural thinker, his cool analytic approach to design, sprinkled wit h a healthy skepticism, has informed the profession that his fingerprints can be found on the work of almost any young architect today. Koolhaas has achieved the enviable stature of both cult idol and international celebrity." (May 21, 2004)
As OMS, Koolhaas abolishes the author […], yet he thereby also manages to be gloriously resurrected as a star. He offers us an image of the artist in the age of late capitalism: a well-run "factory," with a lot of attenion for corporate communication and P.R. At the same time, he has remained a scriptwriter, staging his own work like a movie director.
Koolhaas first came to public and critical attention with OMA (The Office for Metropolitan Architecture), the office he founded in 1980 together with architects Elia Zenghelis, Zoe Zenghelis and (Koolhaas's wife) Madelon Vriesendorp in London. [...] An early work which would mark their difference from the then dominant postmodern classicism of the late 1970s, was their contribution to the Venice Biennale of 1980, curated by Italian architect Paolo Portoghesi, titled "Presence of the Past". Each architect had to design a stage-like "frontage" to a Potemkin-type internal street; and the OMA scheme was the only modernist scheme among them.
Koolhaas's writings won him fame in the field of architecture before he completed a single building. After graduating from the Architecture Association School in London in 1972, he received the Harkness Fellowship for travel and research in the United States. During this period, he wrote Delirious New York, which he described as a "retroactive manifesto for Manhattan" and which critics hailed as a classic text on modern architecture and society.
Remment Koolhaas (born November 17, 1944 in Rotterdam, Netherlands) is a Dutch architect, architectural theorist, urbanist and "Professor in Practice of Architecture and Urban Design" at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, USA. Koolhaas first studied scriptwriting at the Dutch Film Academy, and was then a journalist for the Haagse Post before starting studies, in 1968, in architecture at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, followed, in 1972, by further studies at Cornell University in New York. Koolhaas is the principal of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, or OMA, and of its research-oriented counterpart AMO, nowadays based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands