March 17, 2004

Rem Koolhaas - Content

POST #    858

Last night, I went to a release party for Rem Koolhaas's new book, Content. The party was at the Women's National Republican Club. The venue was an interesting location for this book party, considering some of the content (no pun intended) and the cover of the book. The book mixes architecture with politics, while the cover features Kim Jong Il, George Bush, and Saddam Hussein. Kim is depicted as "The Terminator", Hussein is depicted as "Rambo", and Bush is toting a crucifix, the look of a dope and a "freedom fry" hat.

Sadly, Koolhaas didn't say anything controversial. He just talked briefly about his book, which is really more like a magazine, and how architecture is slow, taking 5-6 years for a concept to become a finished project, where cultural desires change in about 3 years. Content looks like it will be a good read.

More info:
- Stephanie Klein on "kool in the haas"
- Dahlia on "Rem Koolhaas Book Launch"
- Gothamist on "Content"

Posted by tien mao in Politics at 7:17 AM



i went to hear rem speak once at rackham, years ago. it was surprisingly painfully boring. i don't love most of koolhaas's work, but i thought his design for the EU flag was brilliant. let me know how this magazine is [and do keep us up-to-date on rem's newest trademarked terms].

Posted by: janelle at March 17, 2004 8:11 AM

who's that girl getting her book signed?

Posted by: dan at March 17, 2004 9:10 AM

janelle, there were a bunch of architect-y looking people there last night and a whole lot of archi-babble.

dan, that girl also has some nice rosy lips.

Posted by: tien at March 17, 2004 9:25 AM

is this the thing we were talking about with the guy when we went to that restaurant?

Posted by: rachelle at March 17, 2004 10:46 AM

yes, rachelle, this is the thing we were talking about with matt.

Posted by: tien at March 17, 2004 11:14 AM

Wow, Rem Koolhaas! That must've been exciting, even though he was so quick with his talk.

"Oh, one more thing, Mr. Koolhaas. I'm redoing my kitchen and was wondering..."

Posted by: matt at March 17, 2004 12:00 PM

matt, that would have been a great idea! damn. he was all like "quickly, quickly" when i asked him to sign his book.

Posted by: tien at March 17, 2004 12:20 PM

ay...koolhaas eats butt. while his concepts and architectural theories are interesting, his built work bites, yet critics still love his work. i just dont understand. scratch that, i do. its because his last name is koolhaas. thats like having a kid named peter ramrod whos destined to become a pornstar.

Posted by: halo | veritech pilot at March 17, 2004 4:51 PM

the french villa [the name escapes me - the one from the un-private house exhibition] wasn't that bad, but i don't care for much else of his. otherwise, he should be a paper architect and theorist, that's what he does best.

Posted by: janelle at March 18, 2004 8:20 AM

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