OMA selected to design The Factory, a major arts complex in Manchester, England

(Courtesy OMA)

(Courtesy OMA)

After fending off  Rafael Viñoly, Zaha Hadid, Nicholas Grimshaw, Haworth Tompkins Limited and compatriots Mecanoo, OMA‘s design for “The Factory” will become Manchester’s new art house. Lead by Rem Koolhaas, The Factory will be in the British city’s center and is touted to cost $166 million with a further $13.5 million-a-year to run.

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On View> The Cooper Union presents “Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky & the Architectural Association”

Architecture, Art, East, On View
Friday, November 6, 2015
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Zaha Hadid, The World (89 Degrees), 984. (Zaha Hadid / Collection of the Alvin Boyarsky Archive)

Zaha Hadid, The World (89 Degrees), 984. (Zaha Hadid / Collection of the Alvin Boyarsky Archive)

Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky & the Architectural Association
Cooper Union
30 Cooper Square, New York
Through November 25, 2015

Boasting a remarkable array of artwork from both past and contemporary architectural figures such as John Hejduk, Michael Webb, Daniel Libeskind, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, and Bernard Tschumi, Drawing Ambience reflects and encourages the late Alvin Boyarsky’s assimilation of architectural drawings.

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OMA’s stacked Timmerhuis project in Rotterdam edges closer to its December opening

(Courtesy OMA)

(Courtesy Ossip van Duivenbode / OMA)

OMA‘s Timmerhuis project for Rotterdam, a gleaming stack of municipal offices, will open to the public on December 11, 2015. The mixed-use building will primarily house office space taking up 262,000 square feet with residential, parking, gallery, and retail spaces occupying the rest of the building.

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On View> MoMA presents “Endless House: Intersections of Art and Architecture”

Architecture, Art, East, On View
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
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A model of the Torus House in Old Chatham, New York, by Preston Scott Cohen.

A model of the Torus House in Old Chatham, New York, by Preston Scott Cohen. (Courtesy MoMA, Preston Scott Cohen)

Endless House: Intersections of Art and Architecture
Museum of Modern Art
The Robert Menschel Architecture and Design Gallery
11 West 53rd Street, New York
Through March 6, 2016

The Museum of Modern Art pays homage to the single-family home in Endless House: Intersections of Art and Architecture, a rich exhibition comprised of photographs, drawings, video, installations, and architectural models from MoMA’s collection.

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OMA does weddings and bar mitzvahs on Wilshire Boulevard

Architecture, News, Newsletter, West
Thursday, September 17, 2015
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SANCTUARY CEILING FROM WILSHIRE BOULEVARD TEMPLE’S RECENT RENOVATION. (TOM BONNER)

Word of an OMA-designed building for the Wilshire Boulevard Temple has been in the grapevine for months. The firm was on the short list this past spring along with Kengo Kuma & Associates, Morphosis Architects, and Steven Holl Architects for the 55,000-square-foot event space across the street from the institution’s recently restored 1929 Byzantine-Revival sanctuary. Now, a new building is moving forward with a name, an architect, and a fundraising campaign.

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Behind the Veil: The Broad opens September 20

Architecture, Art, Urbanism, West
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
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The Broad. (Courtesy Iwan Baan)

The Broad. (Courtesy Iwan Baan)

When The Broad opens to the public on September 20, Angelenos will finally get to see how Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s design compliments philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad’s powerhouse collection of 2,000 pieces of contemporary art in their eponymous museum. Works by Ed Ruscha and Cindy Sherman will hang in the 35,000-square-foot, column-free gallery space lit by some 300 skylights.

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In Beirut, a group of activists seeks to protect a coastal area by setting up a grassroots design ideas competition

The Dalieh of Raouche. (Christian Sowa)

The Dalieh of Raouche. (Christian Sowa)

In the last two decades, Beirut’s real estate market boomed and transformed the city. One of the yet non-developed areas of the city is a coastal area called Dalieh. Despite the fact that this area is privately owned, it was used as an openly accessible space by the public for years. However, recent development plans, aiming to build a high-end real estate complex, would largely change the open access and current character of this space.

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Koolhaas’ Garage opens in Moscow with a social media narrative

Architecture, International, Media, News
Thursday, June 18, 2015
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Garage Museum of Contemporary Art press opening with architect Rem Koolhaas, museum founder Dasha Zhukova, museum director Anton Belov and Garage chief curator Kate Fowle. (Instagram: @garagemca)

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art press opening with architect Rem Koolhaas, museum founder Dasha Zhukova, museum director Anton Belov and Garage chief curator Kate Fowle. (Instagram: @garagemca)

Last week another point was scored for social media as the de rigueur disseminator of architecture with the opening of Rem Koolhaas’ Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow’s Gorky Park.

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Watch OMA partner Ellen van Loon and MAB Development discuss the de Rotterdam tower

(Courtesy OMA)

(Courtesy OMA)

Last September, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat invited me to serve as the special media correspondent for its Shanghai symposium, entitled Future Cities: Towards Sustainable Vertical Urbanism.

I conducted video interviews with dozens of architects, developers, building managers, and others on topics relevant to tall building design and sustainable urbanism. Among the many designers, engineers and other tall building types I interviewed were Jos Melchers of MAB Development & OMA partner Ellen van Loon. We discussed the design of De Rotterdam, an innovative mixed-use development that won CTBUH’s 2014 Best Tall Building award for Europe.

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More in Milan: Rem Koolhaas’ arts complex for Prada brings together old and new—with gold

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(Courtesy OMA)

Should you be looking for yet another reason to add Milan to your architectural travel itinerary, the Prada Foundation is scheduled to open its many doors to the public on May 9. Designed by Rem Koolhaas/OMA, the campus—part new construction, part rehabbed structures—will include 120,000 square feet of exhibition space, a theater, a children’s area, a restaurant, and library.

And Rem plans to wrap another building in gold leaf.

This picture frame swaps out paintings with the wave of a hand

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In an essay in the latest Art Forum magazine, architect Rem Koolhaas focuses his current research on what he calls the “new, networked technologies that are transforming the way we experience space and time,” and, he said, “seem resolutely intangible, a universe apart from bricks and mortar.”

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Back in Green: Jean Prouvé furnishings reissued and retooled with a little help from Rem Koolhaas

Design, International, Product
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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(Courtesy G-Star)

More than seventy years after their creation, a collection of classic office furniture by Jean Prouvé is being updated and released to the market. Dutch fashion purveyor G-Star, in conjunction with Swiss furniture manufacturer Vitra, have developed “Prouvé Raw,” a collection of ten pieces that include chairs, desk and wall lighting, conference tables, and writing desks.

And Rem Koolhaas also plays a role in this revival.

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