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Small, Medium, Large, Extra-Large - Rem Koolhaas

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Published: 1st October 1997
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S,M,L,XL presents a selection of the remarkable visionary design work produced by the Dutch firm Office for Metropolitan Architecture (O.M.A.) and its acclaimed founder, Rem Koolhaas, in its first twenty years, along with a variety of insightful, often poetic writings. The inventive collaboration between Koolhaas and designer Bruce Mau is a graphic overture that weaves together architectural projects, photos and sketches, diary excerpts, personal travelogues, fairy tales, and fables, as well as critical essays on contemporary architecture and society.

The book's title is also its framework: projects and essays are arranged according to scale. While Small and Medium address issues ranging from the domestic to the public, Large focuses on what Koolhaas calls "the architecture of Bigness." Extra-Large features projects at the urban scale, along with the important essay "What Ever Happened to Urbanism?" and other studies of the contemporary city. Running throughout the book is a "dictionary" of an adventurous new Koolhaasian language -- definitions, commentaries, and quotes from hundreds of literary, cultural, artistic, and architectural sources.

"A brick of a book ... This book tells a tale, a great contemporary architectural odyssey-the story of how this architect came to think big."

OMA Charts
Introduction
Acknowledgments
Project Credits
Exodus, or the Voluntary Prisoners of Architecture: AA Final Project, 1972p. 2
Delirious New York: Appendix, 1978p. 22
Less is More: Installation for the 1986 Milan Triennale, Italy, 1985p. 46
The House That Made Mies: Theory, 1993p. 62
Dutch Section: House for Two Friends, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 1988p. 64
[actual symbol not reproducible]13,000 Points: Nexus World Housing, Fukuoka, Japan, 1991p. 80
Learning Japanese: Poem, 1993p. 88
Worth a Detour: Renovation of Hotel Furka Blick, Switzerland, 1991p. 126
Obstacles: Villa Dall'Ava, St. Cloud, Paris, France, 1991p. 130
Only 90[degree], Please: Video Bus Stop, Groningen, Netherlands, 1991p. 194
Imagining Nothingness: Text, 1985p. 198
The Terrifying Beauty of the Twentieth Century: Text, 1985p. 204
Field Trip: (A)A Memoir: The Berlin Wall as Architecture, 1993p. 212
Revision: Renovation of a Panopticon Prison, Arnhem, Netherlands, 1979-81p. 234
Shipwrecked: Housing Kochstrasse/Friedrichstrasse, Berlin, Germany, 1980p. 254
Final Push: Extension of the Dutch Parliament, The Hague, Netherlands, 1978p. 278
Cadavre Exquis: Netherlands Dance Theater, The Hague, Netherlands, 1987p. 304
Typical Plan: Meditation, 1993; Morgan Bank, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1985p. 334
Byzantium: Housing, Offices, Shops, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1991; Cartoon, 1994p. 354
Globalization: Text, 1993p. 362
Vanishing Act: Biocenter, University of Frankfurt, Germany, 1988p. 370
Islam After Einstein: Hotel and Convention Center, Agadir, Morocco, 1990p. 374
New Rotterdam: Architecture Museum, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 1988; Museum Park, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 1994; Kunsthal I, Rotterdam, Netherlads, 1987-88p. 400
Life in the Box?: Kunsthal II, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 1992p. 430
Neue Sachlichkeit: Project for an Office City, Frankfurt Airport, Germany, 1989p. 474
Bigness, or the problem of Large: Manifesto, 1994p. 494
Soft Substance, Harsh Town: Boompjes TowerSlab, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 1979-82p. 518
Indeterminate Specificity: The Hague City Hall, Netherlands, 1986p. 544
Dirty Realism: A Mini-Farce, 1993p. 570
Working Babel: Sea Terminal, Zeebrugge, Belgium, 1989p. 578
Bifurcation: Effects of Structure, 1993p. 600
Strategy of the Void: Tres Grande Bibliotheque, Paris, France, 1989p. 602
Weird Science: Excerpts from a Diary, 1989p. 604
Last Apples: Speculations on Structure and Services, 1993; From the notebook of Cecil Balmond, 1992p. 662
Darwinian Arena: Zentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany, 1989-92p. 686
Passion Play: Epitaph, 1992p. 762
Organization of Appearances: Congrexpo (Lille Grand Palais), Lille, France, 1994p. 764
Palace of the Soviets: Bedtime Story, 1994p. 822
The White Sheet: Dream, 1981p. 828
Atlanta: Journalism, 1987/1994p. 832
Las Vegas of the Welfare State: Bijlmermeer Redevelopment, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1986p. 860
Unlearning Holland: Point City/South City, Project for Redesigning Holland, 1993p. 888
Congestion Without Matter: Parc de la Villette, Paris, France, 1982p. 894
Elegy for the Vacant Lot: Text, 1985p. 936
Their New Sobriety: Exposition Universelle 1989, Paris, France, 1983p. 940
What Ever Happened to Urbanism?: Text, 1994p. 958
Surrender: Ville Nouvelle Melun-Senart, France, 1987p. 972
Dolphins: Transportation Exchange Centers for Benelux, 1989, 1991p. 990
Singapore Songlines: Thirty Years of Tabula Rasa: Reconstruction, 1995p. 1008
Tabula Rasa Revisited: Mission Grand Axe, La Defense, Paris, France, 1991p. 1090
Side Show: Zac Danton Office Tower, La Defense, Paris, France, 1991-93p. 1134
Quantum Leap: Euralille: Centre International d'Affaires, Lille, France, 1994p. 1156
Programmatic Lava: Urban Design Forum, Yokohama, Japan, 1992p. 1210
The Generic City: Guide, 1994p. 1238
Chronologyp. 1270
Dictionary Referencesp. 1284
Image Creditsp. 1300
P.S. Unraveling: 2 Bibliotheques Jussieu, Paris, France, 1993p. 1303
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ISBN: 9781885254863
ISBN-10: 1885254865
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 1355
Published: 1st October 1997
Dimensions (cm): 18.9 x 23.7  x 6.9
Weight (kg): 2.78