Koolhaas in Beijing

Koolhaas in Beijing


Architects, contrary to most artists, work by definition from the core of society. Rem Koolhaas is one of the few architects who demonstrates the ability to do so while maintaining a critical distance. Does his strategy contain a hint for artists on how to create significant art in a world where everything seems bound for insignificance?

In this fifth entry in the influential essay series sponsored by the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture, Dutch novelist and critic Edzard Mik visits Rem Koolhaas's CCTV building in Bejing and writes a lyrical 'road essay' about Koolhaas, Beijing and on being an artist in the twenty-first century. No building in the world possesses more ''Wow Factor'' than the monumental, imaginative tower in Bejing's central business district. Opened in 2009, the glittering archway—refered to as the ''twisted doughnut'' by local wags—serves as headquarters for Central China television. Each of these beautifully designed pocket-sized books is a small window on a very large idea or project.

Jap Sam Books, 2010, 128 pages, 124 × 186 mm, English, Hardcover.

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