Rem Koolhaasdesigning the design process
Who is Rem Koolhaas- Born in the Netherlands in 1944- Studied script writing in the Netherlands and- Architecture at the A...
Seattle public libraryhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/75905404@N00/371038175/
Casa da Músicahttp://www.flickr.com/photos/wojtekgurak/5827545090/
CCTV HQ
Rothschild HQ             http://oma.eu/media/291397/rothschildbank___oma_by_philippe_ruault_108_72.jpg
Delirious New York
Project Japan
For four decades Koolhaas hasmanaged to stay at the top of hisprofession by producing creative,ground-breaking ideas at a ...
“To keep thinking aboutwhat architecture could be.What I could be.”Rem KoolhaasIndex Magazine, 2000
1. Observation
1. Observation   2. Studio
1. Observation   2. Studio                   3. Models
1. Observation   2. Studio                               4. Archives                   3. Models
1. Observation   2. Studio                               4. Archives                               5. Books               ...
1. Observation
“We look at the current moment and seewhere and in what way we could make acertain breakthrough.”Rem KoolhaasOMA in conver...
1. Observation   2. Studio
“What the OMA process focuses on is notthe creator but the critic. ”Rem KoolhaasINTELLIGENT DESIGN Can Rem Koolhaas kill t...
“Of course it’s easier to use materialsfrom the shelf, from the catalogue, butwe can’t be on the cutting edge if we dothat...
“We really want every year at least 25%of our people to be new. And we wantthem to be young, bright people.”Victor van der...
“You can walk out or you can stay thewhole night and you can work here. Youhave a freedom to continue to work.”Mark Veldma...
1. Observation   2. Studio                   3. Models
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rmnl/207379365/in/set-72157594225306617/"When you have creative minds you get a lot of ideas.T...
http://atelierone.wordpress.com/project-four/  “Past reception [...] is a meeting room filled with  smaller maquettes. At ...
http://atelierone.wordpress.com/project-four/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rmnl/207379105/  “The model [...] presents itself as a [...] complex entity  composed of multi...
Open                              Explore   CloseInspired by Dave Gray, Game Storming
Inspired by Dave Gray, Game Storming
Inspired by Dave Gray, Game Storming
1. Observation   2. Studio                               4. Archives                   3. Models
http://www.archined.nl/en/reviews/2010/engels/blue-foam/  “Archiving the models allowed architects to keep the  traces of ...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wojtekgurak/5827545090/ “The abandoned and temporarily forgotten model of the private house ca...
“Ten years ago the NetherlandsArchitecture Institute (NAI) proposed toacquire OMAs archive. They sent an arthistorian for ...
1. Observation   2. Studio                               4. Archives                               5. Books               ...
“We [...] spend a lot of time on making books, which isalso part of the presentation materials. There is [...] anelement o...
“Like the tables of models, the books are summaries ofthe design steps that make the material trajectory of aproject trace...
OMA book machinehttp://www.dezeen.com/2010/05/05/oma-book-machine-at-the-architectural-association/
Conclusion
1. Observation   2. Studio                                    4. Archives                                    5. Books     ...
“The biggest part of our work [...]disappears automatically. [...] But youcant look at these designs as waste.Theyre ideas...
OMA/ProgressBarbican Art Gallery (until 19 February)
Made by the Office of MetropolitanArchitecture – An Ethnography of DesignAlbena Yaneva
Thank you!Sjors Timmer@SjorsInformation Architect at SapientNitro ,blog at notura.com
Rem Koolhaas –designing the design process
Rem Koolhaas –designing the design process
Rem Koolhaas –designing the design process
Rem Koolhaas –designing the design process
Rem Koolhaas –designing the design process
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The slides of my talk on Rem Koolhaas and the OMA at London IA: http://london-ia.com/2011/12/announcing-london-ia-january-2012/ you can find the write up at: http://notura.com/2012/02/rem-koolhaas-designing-the-design-process/

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  1. 1. Rem Koolhaasdesigning the design process
  2. 2. Who is Rem Koolhaas- Born in the Netherlands in 1944- Studied script writing in the Netherlands and- Architecture at the AA in London- Co-founded architecture firm OMA in 1975- Co-founded think tank AMO in 1998
  3. 3. Seattle public libraryhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/75905404@N00/371038175/
  4. 4. Casa da Músicahttp://www.flickr.com/photos/wojtekgurak/5827545090/
  5. 5. CCTV HQ
  6. 6. Rothschild HQ http://oma.eu/media/291397/rothschildbank___oma_by_philippe_ruault_108_72.jpg
  7. 7. Delirious New York
  8. 8. Project Japan
  9. 9. For four decades Koolhaas hasmanaged to stay at the top of hisprofession by producing creative,ground-breaking ideas at a recordspeed - how does he do it?
  10. 10. “To keep thinking aboutwhat architecture could be.What I could be.”Rem KoolhaasIndex Magazine, 2000
  11. 11. 1. Observation
  12. 12. 1. Observation 2. Studio
  13. 13. 1. Observation 2. Studio 3. Models
  14. 14. 1. Observation 2. Studio 4. Archives 3. Models
  15. 15. 1. Observation 2. Studio 4. Archives 5. Books 3. Models
  16. 16. 1. Observation
  17. 17. “We look at the current moment and seewhere and in what way we could make acertain breakthrough.”Rem KoolhaasOMA in conversation, Barbican 2011
  18. 18. 1. Observation 2. Studio
  19. 19. “What the OMA process focuses on is notthe creator but the critic. ”Rem KoolhaasINTELLIGENT DESIGN Can Rem Koolhaas kill the skyscraper? New Yorker, 2005
  20. 20. “Of course it’s easier to use materialsfrom the shelf, from the catalogue, butwe can’t be on the cutting edge if we dothat.”Kunlé AdeyemiMade by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture: an ethnography of design, 2009, page 86
  21. 21. “We really want every year at least 25%of our people to be new. And we wantthem to be young, bright people.”Victor van der ChijsInside OMA, William Wiles, Icon magazine, 149, 2011
  22. 22. “You can walk out or you can stay thewhole night and you can work here. Youhave a freedom to continue to work.”Mark VeldmanInside OMA, William Wiles, Icon magazine, 149, 2011
  23. 23. 1. Observation 2. Studio 3. Models
  24. 24. http://www.flickr.com/photos/rmnl/207379365/in/set-72157594225306617/"When you have creative minds you get a lot of ideas.The luxury product is in the fact that we an actuallytest all of them.” Stephanie Akkaoui Inside OMA, William Wiles, Icon magazine, 149, 2011
  25. 25. http://atelierone.wordpress.com/project-four/ “Past reception [...] is a meeting room filled with smaller maquettes. At first glance there appear to be perspex and foam models for dozens of projects - but close up you see they’re all clearly the same site, [...], modelled over and over again.” William Wiles Inside OMA, William Wiles, Icon magazine, 149, 2011
  26. 26. http://atelierone.wordpress.com/project-four/
  27. 27. http://www.flickr.com/photos/rmnl/207379105/ “The model [...] presents itself as a [...] complex entity composed of multitudes of ‘little persons’; it is much bigger, always richer in difference and complexity.” Albena Yaneva Made by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture: an ethnography of design, 2009, page 26
  28. 28. Open Explore CloseInspired by Dave Gray, Game Storming
  29. 29. Inspired by Dave Gray, Game Storming
  30. 30. Inspired by Dave Gray, Game Storming
  31. 31. 1. Observation 2. Studio 4. Archives 3. Models
  32. 32. http://www.archined.nl/en/reviews/2010/engels/blue-foam/ “Archiving the models allowed architects to keep the traces of creativity for a longer period of time; de- archiving them meant they could rediscover those traces of design invention that time had left intact.” Albena Yaneva Made by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture: an ethnography of design, 2009, page 65
  33. 33. http://www.flickr.com/photos/wojtekgurak/5827545090/ “The abandoned and temporarily forgotten model of the private house came up to the office and re-entered the cycles of design. Lingering on the tables of models for months, it was finally taken with new assumptions, reshaped, refreshed and adjusted.” Albena Yaneva Made by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture: an ethnography of design, 2009, page 86
  34. 34. “Ten years ago the NetherlandsArchitecture Institute (NAI) proposed toacquire OMAs archive. They sent an arthistorian for four months to the officesbasement storage to make an inventoryof all the items. When the work wasdone, OMA decided not to sell. Insteadthey hired the art historian as itsarchivist.”RotorOMA/Progress free guide
  35. 35. 1. Observation 2. Studio 4. Archives 5. Books 3. Models
  36. 36. “We [...] spend a lot of time on making books, which isalso part of the presentation materials. There is [...] anelement of clarifying things for ourselves.”Shohei ShigematsuMade by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture: an ethnography of design, 2009, page 33
  37. 37. “Like the tables of models, the books are summaries ofthe design steps that make the material trajectory of aproject traceable. They keep some traces of exploration,and present the results of design experimentation.”Albena YanevaMade by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture: an ethnography of design, 2009, page 72
  38. 38. OMA book machinehttp://www.dezeen.com/2010/05/05/oma-book-machine-at-the-architectural-association/
  39. 39. Conclusion
  40. 40. 1. Observation 2. Studio 4. Archives 5. Books 3. Modelsthe OMA idea machine
  41. 41. “The biggest part of our work [...]disappears automatically. [...] But youcant look at these designs as waste.Theyre ideas; they will survive in books.”Rem KoolhaasWere Building Assembly-Line Cities and Buildings, Der Spiegel 2011
  42. 42. OMA/ProgressBarbican Art Gallery (until 19 February)
  43. 43. Made by the Office of MetropolitanArchitecture – An Ethnography of DesignAlbena Yaneva
  44. 44. Thank you!Sjors Timmer@SjorsInformation Architect at SapientNitro ,blog at notura.com
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