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3 April 2012
Project update: Coolsingel

Coolsingel, the mix-used development in the centre of Rotterdam - location of OMA's hq - is currently in design development. New images can be found here. Recently, the Coolsingel team tested the reflective qualities of the facade...

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15 March 2012
Rothschild Bank wins New City Architecture Award

At its Livery Banquet on 14 March the Company of Chartered Architects awarded OMA's new Rothschild Bank headquarters with the New City Architecture Award for 2011. The award recognises a building which, in the opinion of the judges, makes the most significant contribution to the streetscape and skyscape of the City of London.

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12 March 2012
Overdose: Clement Blanchet at TEDx Toulouse

OMA's associate and director of French projects Clement Blanchet spoke recently at TEDx Toulouse on the proliferation of pressures and pieties that are threatning to eliminate its intrinsic values -- a situation Blanchet called OVERDOSE. The obligation of the icon, the wish of preservation, all with an almost religious dose of "green", the architect faces the exhaustion of a bulimic production. How can the crisis be turned in favor of the architect? View the lecture here.

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29 February 2012
Shohei Shigematsu lectures "On Generations"

Shohei Shigematsu, partner in charge of OMA's operations in the Americas, talks to his former OMA colleague Bjarke Ingels, now director of Copenhagen architecture office BIG, about their architectural contemporaries and generational inheritance. From the Barbican, London; watch the lecture here.

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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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19 January 2012
OMA master plan for Sydney convention and exhibition precinct redevelopment selected

Hong Kong, Rotterdam, 13 December 2012 - The New South Wales Government announced on Tuesday that Destination Sydney, consisting of Lend Lease, HOSTPLUS, Capella Capital, AEG Ogden and Spotless, is the preferred consortium for Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct (SICEEP) redevelopment. OMA is the master plan designer within the consortium, and is also the conceptual architect of the ICC Hotels within the master plan.

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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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