“CONTENT” new book of Rem Koolhaas and OMA
Content reflects recent shifts in geo-politics, particularly since 9-11. The book’s content follows Koolhaas’s expanding interests, mixing architecture with politics, history, technology, and sociology. Its subjects are diverse: Martha Stewart is interviewed in one section; the history of African communist radio is charted in another. An anthropological study of sub- cultures in Germany’s Ruhr Valley is followed by proposals for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. Topics are arranged according to geography: the book begins in San Francisco and travels eastwards, finally ending in Tokyo. On the way, time is spent in Brazil, Nigeria, Portugal, Russia, and China, among other places. At a time when the profession is growing increasingly introverted, Content reconnects architecture with the outside world.
art direction: &&&, Simon Brown, Jon Link
editor: Brendan McGettrick
cover illustration: Kenneth Hung