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The Other Architect

To find another way of building architecture, we have to be willing to broaden our understanding of what architecture is and what architects can do. From a set of varied approaches drawn from many people, places, and times, the other architect emerges: searching for different operating models, aiming for collaborative strategies, introducing strange concepts, and experimenting with new kinds of tools. Reading and analyzing these traces reminds us that architecture has the potential to do more than resolve a given set of problems: it can establish what requires attention today.

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The Origins of OMA/AMO

Interviews with Reinier de Graaf and Rem Koolhaas

In 1999, after years of intense work on a new headquarters and masterplan for Universal Studios, the project was cancelled. By then, the Rotterdam-based architectural practice Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) discovered a research entity in the mirror: AMO. In 2015, Rem Koolhaas and Reinier de Graaf spoke with Giovanna Borasi and Mirko Zardini about the Universal project, challenges of creating an identity for an entire political system, and other formative experience for their two-faced practise.

Reiner de Graaf in conversation with Giovanna Borasi and Mirko Zardini
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Rem Koolhaas in conversation with Giovanna Borasi and Mirko Zardini
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