Rem Koolhaas in TIME Magazine’s 60 Years of Heroes

Published November 24th, 2006 - 06:25 GMT

Rem Koolhaas, architect, author and founder of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), and associated think-tank, AMO, is named in TIME magazine’s list of 60 Years of Heroes.
 
Koolhaas is listed among notables such as Nelson Mandela, The Beatles, Samuel Beckett and Mother Teresa and attributed for being an ‘urban visionary [who] spotted a wealth of potential in our congested cities.’
 
The TIMES list names over 60 prominent people in the categories of business and culture and those regarded as inspirations and explorers, rebels and leaders.
 
In the article, Koolhaas/OMA projects such as the Seattle Central Library and the China Central Television Headquarters in Beijing, currently under construction, are praised as being a ‘thorough rethinking not simply of what a building can look like but what it can be, how we can use it’.
 
Writes TIME magazine senior writer, Richard Lacayo ‘…it was Koolhaas, in his 1978 book Delirious New York, who deciphered what he called Manhattan's "culture of congestion." At a time when cities were in bad odor, especially that one, he saw in New York City a fertile disorder. And he drew from that discovery lessons about the virtues of density - yes, the virtues - that other cities could learn from.’
 
Lacayo continues ‘In the enduring contest between the architect and his times, Koolhaas has arrived at a unique position - the man who simultaneously resigns himself to the chaos around him and sees in it an opportunity for an altogether new kind of order’
 
The architectural work of Rem Koolhaas and OMA has won several international awards including the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2000, the Praemium Imperiale (Japan) in 2003, the RIBA Gold Medal (UK) in 2004 and the Mies van der Rohe – European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture (2005). In 1999, TIME magazine declared the Maison à Bordeaux, France the Best Design of 1998.
 
 
Further details:
www.time.com/time/europe/hero2006/koolhaas.html  -  www.time.com/time/europe/hero2006/
 


On OMA:
The OMA headquarters is currently working on a masterplan for the White City area of London; a harbour redevelopment in Riga including a contemporary art museum, the Cordoba Congress Centre in Spain; the redevelopment of the Mercati Generali, Rome; the Zeche Zollverein Historical Museum and masterplan in Essen, Germany, the new head office of Rothschild Bank, London, the Danish Architecture Center in Copenhagen and several projects in The Netherlands, such as the city centre of Almere and the MAB/OVG multi-use towers in Rotterdam. OMA also has a number of projects in the Middle East, the most recent being the jointly designed office and residential towers in Dubai and 'Education City', three new buildings for the Qatar Foundation. Several masterplans are also underway, including two in Dubai, a masterplan in Kuwait and another in Ras-Al-Khaimah. OMA New York is currently working on a mixed-use development in Jersey City's arts district and for Cornell University in Ithaca, OMA realizes the new Millstein Hall. OMA Beijing is working on a residential tower in Singapore and OMA’s largest project to date, the 575,000m2 China Central Television Headquarters and Television Cultural Center, currently under construction and due for completion in 2008.
 
The office is lead by six partners: Rem Koolhaas, Ole Scheeren, Ellen van Loon, Reinier de Graaf, Floris Alkemade and Managing Partner Victor van der Chijs.
 

 


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