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In this book, the projects, buildings and theories of Koolhaas, as well as the other members of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, are examined in chronological and thematic sequence, beginning with the period of Koolhaas¿ education at the Architectural Association School of Architecture of London in the cultural context of the neo-avant-gardes at the end of the 60s and at the beginning of the 70s. The essay then discusses the period of his stay in New-York, his contact with Ungers, Eisenman, Rowe, as well as the polemic confrontation with the emerging post-modernism movement; and it concludes with the last critical contributions of Koolhaas. The starting point is design, which, in the case of Koolhaas, usually grows out of an alchemy of logic, influenced both by the proposed program (as viewed by the clients and institutions) and the metaphorical and autobiographical aspiration of the artist. The analysis is carried through to the details of construction, with special attention paid to the choice of materials, the configuration of the structure, and the role and position of the installation. The book is richly illustrated and includes an exhaustive bibliography.


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Chapter 1 Experiences with the ParanoidCritical Method
Learning from Manhattan 197274
Rectangular Projects 197475
The case of Leonidov and the Floating Swimming Pool
the example of Berlin
The Culture of Congestion and the poche plan
Chapter 2 New Sobriety vs PostModern
The projects for the Churchillplein in Rotterdam
Chapter 3 The epoch of the merveilles
Projects for the Kunsthal I and the headquarters of
principles for a theory
Theory of Bigness
Chapter 5 Generic volume informal polyhedral solids
OMA vs Las Vegas

Polemical writings of OMA 197980
Works for Rotterdam Berlin Amsterdam
projects for Paris 198283
project for theVille Nouvelle
The pavilion at the Milan Triennale the De Brink
The Y2K house the Casa da Musica the Seattle
Variants of Manhattanism
Koningin Julianaplein CCTV andTVCC Hamburg
A20 Junkspace
Automatically generated Land ArtArchitecture

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Having obtained his degree at the Faculty in Florence in 1983, Roberto Gargiani completed his doctorate on the history of architecture and urbanism in 1992. He has published several works on Perret, Le Corbusier, Labrouste, Semper and Brunelleschi.

Roberto Gargiani taught the history of architecture in Florence, Rouen and Paris then, beginning in 1999, at the Faculty of Architecture at Roma Tre where he was appointed to the post of Professor in 2001. In 1999, he became Visiting Professor at the EPFL, teaching the history of architecture to 3rd and 4th year students. In March 2005, he was appointed to the post of Professor of the history of architecture and construction at the School of Architecture of the ENAC Faculty. He is currently head of the Theory and History of Architecture Laboratory of the Institute of Architecture, at the EPFL, Lausanne.

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