“Rem Koolhaas and the Place of Public Architecture” at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. November 3, 1994–January 31, 1995

The Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, founder of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (O.M.A.) in Rotterdam, is best known in America for his remarkable book Delirious New York (1978). A manifesto in celebration of the urban density of Manhattan, which the fifty-year-old Koolhaas calls the culture of congestion and finds “exhilarating,” it begins with the startling premise that Manhattan is actually an urban-design masterpiece, one without a genius. That its concentrated mythical splendor exists at all, Koolhaas contends, is proof of an unformulated theory too revolutionary to ever be openly stated—that human beings flourish ever so well in a heavily populated, nature free, totally man-made world. Places to thrive include the Waldorf Astoria, the Empire State...


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