Rem Koolhaas’ son is making a film about him. REM
REM, a forthcoming documentary by Tomas Koolhaas isn’t the first film about a big-name architect made by his son. My Architect, released in 2003, was made by Nathaniel Kahn about his father, Louis Kahn. The draw of this earlier film lay as much in Louis’ incredible built legacy as in his turbulent personal life; the architect sired three different families with three different women and Nathaniel’s film was as much a personal exploration of his father as it was an appraisal of his work.
Rem, however, married only one woman - OMA’s co-founder Madelon Vriesendorp - and their son Tomas’ film, is less about the father-son relationship, than the greater life within Koolhaas’ buildings.
As Tomas explained to ArtInfo, “Most architecture films focus only on the hyper-intellectual elements of architecture, and almost completely ignore the fact that these buildings are, or will be, inhabited and used by people.”
Here’s a clip
British Council, Delhi, (1987–92)
David Adjaye from the BBC sums up Correa’s decades long career in a 4 minute slide show and asks is this India’s greatest architect?
In a completely unrelated note, something amazing happens if you do a google image search for the words ‘atari breakout’
The Lowline from a Pettit & Sevitt brochure 1964.
Design by Architect Ken Woolley
So apparently there’s some pretty rad inexpensive suburban Australian architecture, well there used to be. This guy Charles Pickett has released a book entitled Designer Suburbs.
I’d love a Lowline built at the top of some hill in the bush with a deck to end all decks. I’d get Pierre and Clarky to build it at %150 scale so as to not get cramped and rename the bastard the Highline. Then all I’d have to do is decide how often to hold Tmacfest, quarterly is pretty often for a wildy radical festival isn’t it?
One of the spoilt rotten NewYorker photog peeps has gone on a Niemeyer road trip of Brazil, from North to South. How awesome are these tiles:
• Interior of the National Congress building, Brasília. At one time, this wall was glass, overlooking the southeast end of the great mall. When the building needed more office space, they altered the design with Niemeyer’s help. He consented to the change, but insisted that the window be replaced by art, hence the mural.
• Apartment, Brasília. Niemeyer’s style of lifting buildings off their foundations to create light, open spaces beneath stops the repetitive housing blocks from feeling claustrophobic and dark, like so many postwar developments.
Photos: Jessie Wender
(there’s a series of non Niemeyer photos too)