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16 February 2012
Taipei Performing Arts Center breaks ground today

Construction begins today on the OMA-designed Taipei Performing Arts Center in Taipei, Taiwan. President Ma Ying-jeou, together with Mayor Hau Lung-pin, representatives from the Taipei City Government, OMA, and local design partner Artech Architects will take part in the groundbreaking ceremony. For a city passionate about theatre, TPAC is a new kind of venue - adaptable, efficient, and intimately connected with the urban fabric.

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15 February 2012
Renz van Luxemburg, 1949-2012

With great sorrow we have learned of the sudden death of Renz van Luxemburg. As acoustic consultant and friend Renz has, for as long as we can remember, contributed to OMA's work with great dedication, passion and creative insight. Renz was a key collaborator who made it possibile to realise our projects. We will particularly miss his input and friendship. We wish his wife, children, colleagues and friends great strength in coping with this loss.

On behalf of all employees of OMA,

Rem Koolhaas
Victor van der Chijs
Ellen van Loon
Reinier de Graaf
Shohei Shigematsu
David Gianotten
Iyad Alsaka

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7 February 2012
Project Japan at London’s Architectural Association

Rem Koolhaas and Hans Ulrich Obrist discuss their new book Project Japan: Metabolism Talks at London's Architectural Association, hosted by Brett Steele, director of the AA, and writer Shumon Basar. Watch the entire event here.

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23 January 2012
24-hour Museum at the Palais d'Iéna in Paris

The 24-hour Museum, a collaboration between AMO, Prada and artist Francesco Vezzoli, opens in Paris on Tuesday night at the Palais d'Iéna, a modernist pavilion built by Auguste Perret in 1937. The one-off event - including an opening night party, public and press tours, and visits by schoolchildren - will be a staging of a "fake" museum, examining the modes in which art is presented and consumed, and the role of the museum as a social condensor.

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15 January 2012
AMO-designed Prada men's catwalk show streaming live
For the Prada 2012 fall/winter men's catwalk show, AMO has designed a set inspired by palaces and grand interiors. The show streams live at 18.00 CET today from Milan fashion week. Watch the show live at prada.com. more
17 December 2011
OMA collaborates on redesigning UN North Delegates Lounge

A team of Dutch designers, including OMA, is reconceiving one of the most crucial spaces in the United Nations headquarters in New York: the North Delegates Lounge.

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16 December 2011
Interview with Rem Koolhaas in Der Spiegel

Rem Koolhaas recently took a walking tour of Hafencity, in Der Speigel's hometown, Hamburg, then had a nose around the German weekly magazine's new headquarters. Along the way, he talked to Spiegel's culture editors Philipp Oehmke and Tobias Rapp about the complex effects of the free market on projects like Hafencity (where OMA once had a project), AMO's new book about the Metabolists, Project Japan, and how the Spiegel staff can "occupy" their own building. Full intereview here; German original here.

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14 December 2011
Victor van der Chijs lectures "On Prudence"
Back in November, Victor van der Chijs spoke at the Barbican in London about the strategic and selective use of prudence as he manages the economics and the strategy of OMA. Now you can watch the video of his lecture, in which he describes OMA's balancing act between adventure and economy, big and small, new and old, public and private... more
7 December 2011
Rothschild Bank headquarters, London, by OMA
BuildingDesign visited the new New Court in London and made a movie about the new headquarters for Rothschild. Rem Koolhaas and Ellen van Loon of OMA speak exlusively to BD of their rejection of the 'rat race of extravagance'. more
28 November 2011
New Court reviewed in the Observer
OMA's New Court, the new headquarters for Rothschild Bank which opened in the City of London last week, was reviewed by Rowan Moore in the Observer on Sunday. "OMA ... likes to squeeze whatever public value there might be in a commission, even out of a discreet private bank. The collonade along the lane can be used by anyone, in effect widening the street, and on the far side of the podium a view opens up to the churchyard of Wren's St Stephen Walbrook." Read the full article here. more
25 November 2011
OMA completes first London building
New Court, the new London headquarters for Rothschild, and OMA's first building in London, has been completed. The 21,000m2 building is embedded in the narrow medieval alley of St Swithin's Lane in the heart of the City of London.
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7 November 2011
Project Japan booksigning in Brussels
testFollowing a launch in New York and an appearance on the Charlie Rose show, Rem Koolhaas will be signing copies of Project Japan: Metabolism Talks... at the Taschen store in Brussels tomorrow (Tuesday), 18 rue Lebeaustraat, 17.15-18.30. Project Japan, written with Hans Ulrich Obrist and edited by Kayoko Ota, is a vivid history of the Metabolism movement - the first non-Western avant-garde and the last moment that architecture was a public rather than a private concern... Full book info here.
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22 October 2011
OMA Partners in public discussion for the first time ever: watch online now
As the headline event accompanying OMA/Progress, all seven OMA Partners came together tonight for their first ever public conversation. The talk, called 'Show & Tell', took place in the Barbican's 1,200-seat theatre. Tickets sold out in a matter of hours. Rem Koolhaas, Victor van der Chijs, Reinier de Graaf, Ellen van Loon, Shohei Shigematsu, Iyad Alsaka and David Gianotten discuss their roles within OMA, and how new ideas are transforming the 36-year-old practice. The discussion was chaired by Chris Dercon, director of Tate Modern.
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21 October 2011
Rem Koolhaas discusses Project Japan on Charlie Rose
Rem Koolhaas appeared on Channel 13's Charlie Rose Show this past Wednesday. Rose questioned Koolhaas on OMA's current preoccupation with the countryside, our new book Project Japan, and what role an architect can play in society today. Watch the interview here. It was the fifth time Rose has interviewed Koolhaas on the legendary talk show, starting with a discussion on Euralille in 1994.
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4 October 2011
OMA/Progress exhibition now open in London

Progress, a major exhibition of OMA's work and ideas, is now open at the Barbican in London. The show is curated not by OMA but by Rotor, a Belgian collective that has been occupying OMA's Rotterdam office for the past few months, gathering materials and intelligence on the office. Foraging in the archive, and even in OMA’s wastepaper, Rotor has selected hundreds of objects from the last 35 years that tell a fresh and independent story of the office.

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3 October 2011
OMA-designed Maggie’s opens today
OMA and the Maggie’s charity today open a new centre on the grounds of Gartnaval Royal Infirmary in Glasgow. Maggie’s is designed to provide emotional and psychological support to those affected by cancer in the greater Glasgow area. Maggie’s Gartnavel is OMA’s first completed work in the UK since the Serpentine Pavilion in 2006.

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13 September 2011
OMA-designed Schatkamer opens at NAi
This weekend the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam opened its new exhibition space, the Schatkamer ('Treasury'). Designed by OMA as a combination of spaces providing both intimacy and overview, the Schatkamer is located in a previously inaccessible room beneath the main exhibition levels. The new space will display 100 of the most prized possessions from the NAi's extensive archive, including work by Cuypers, Dudok, and Rietveld. Full project info here.

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9 September 2011
OMA/Progress in progress
With four weeks to go before the opening of the major exhibition OMA/Progress at the Barbican in London, Rotor – the Brussels-based collective to whom OMA has surrendered curatorial control – is developing a hyper-detailed scale model of the exhibition. OMA/Progress features a never-before-used entrance to the Barbican, a "free zone" in the atrium, and two floors of unusual artifacts that show OMA's diversity and preoccupations in a totally new light...
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27 August 2011
OMA's Milstein Hall at Cornell opens to students
OMA celebrated the opening of Milstein Hall this week as students and faculty held their first classes in the new 25,000 square feet of flexible studio space at Cornell’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP) in upstate New York. The Cornell Sun reported students flocking to the new drawing tables inside the elevated slab of Milstein Hall, which connects the existing Rand and Sibley Halls in a contiguous workspace. "Not only is this going to be our new home, but everyone has a new attitude," Ben Waters, a student, told the Sun. "Everyone has this new-found sense of pride for the program." (See the video of student reactions here.)
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7 July 2011
OMA to build major convention centre in Toulouse, France
OMA has won the competition to design the new Parc des Expositions (PEX) in the innovation zone of Toulouse, in southern France. PEX is conceived as a new gateway to the city and will host exhibitions, conferences, and concerts. The 338,000m2 project is designed to be a compact mini-city – an antidote to the sprawl of a standard exposition park, and a means to preserve the surrounding French countryside.
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