Given that we often criticize the meager and token efforts of
fern-covered walls or 'greenwashed' products which often surface at
biennales, admittedly we found it a bit strange to come to Venice
and talk about sustainability. We wanted, however, to use the
opportunity to suggest that architects could play a larger role in
addressing the urgency of the issue.
In a rare meeting of minds, Rem Koolhaas, Norman Foster and Rocco
Yim this afternoon presented their conceptual masterplans for the
West Kowloon Cultural District in the Hong Kong pavilion at the
Venice architecture biennale. OMA's design is based on the model of
urban villages, which Koolhaas explains here...
Rem Koolhaas and Reinier de Graaf of OMA just participated in
a forum at the Teatro Piccolo with the founders of Strelka, a
new school in Moscow starting in October, for which AMO is
developing the educational program.
OMA's exhibition on Preservation - its expanding territories,
increasing demands, and unforeseen side effects - is opening to the
press today at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition in
Venice. With the theme of CRONOCAOS, we explore the wrenching
simultaneity of preservation and destruction, which is destroying
any sense of a linear evolution of time. more
Hong Kong, 20 August, 2010 - The West Kowloon Cultural District
Authority unveiled today OMA's conceptual masterplan for a major
new arts district in Hong Kong. Under OMA's plan - one of three
competing proposals - the 40 hectare waterfront site facing
Victoria Harbour would become an authentic environment of three
urban villages embedded in a new public park, Hong Kong's
Moscow, 19 August 2010 – Strelka, a new postgraduate school in Moscow for Media, Architecture and Design, is teaming up with OMA at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition – directed by Kazuyo Sejima and titled People meet in Architecture – for a conversation on architectural education – in Russia and beyond. OMA’s think tank, AMO, has developed an educational programme for Strelka, which will open its doors to students in October. more
Rotterdam, 19 August, 2010 – OMA's major installation 'Preservation' opens next week in Venice at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition, alongside exhibits on current work around the world and a new, large-scale preservation project in Venice itself. more
After a fire in February 2009 and subsequent structural and safety assessments, repairs began yesterday on OMA's Television Cultural Centre in Beijing. The Beijing Urban Construction Group is restoring the building according to OMA's original design. Adjacent to the China Central Television headquarters (also designed by OMA), TVCC will include a hotel, theatre, exhibition and conference space. more
By Matt Tyrnauer, August 2010 What is the most important piece of architecture built since 1980? Vanity Fair’s survey of 52 experts, including 11 Pritzker Prize winners, has provided a clear answer:
Shenzhen, 28 June, 2010 – The Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SSE) – designed by OMA as new home for China’s equivalent of the NASDAQ exchange for hi-tech industries – topped out last Saturday at 246 metres, confirming its monumental presence in the rapidly developing centre of Shenzhen. The building is remarkable not only for its height: with a raised podium suspended 36 metres over a public plaza and projecting 54 metres from the tower base, the Shenzhen Stock Exchange has one of the largest cantilevers in the world. more
09 May 2010 Feature on Roadmap 2050: A Practical Guide to a Prosperous, Low-Carbon Europe, a report commissioned by the European Climate Foundation by five leading consultancies: Imperial College London, KEMA, McKinsey & Company, Oxford Economics and AMO.
10 May 2010 Interview with Rem Koolhaas and Feature on Al Manakh: Gulf Continued, a 536-page guide to the Gulf published by AMO, Pink Tank, Archis and the Netherlands Architecture Institute in April 2010. more
The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority has brushed aside concerns that the final design of the arts hub will end up being a mishmash of incoherent elements. The final plan for the 42-hectare project would maintain the integrity of its original design, the authority's chief executive, Graham Sheffield, said.