Rem Koolhaas: A Kind Of Architect

Mar 06 - Mar 12, 2009

(Markus Heidingsfelder, Min Tesch, Germany, 2008, DigiBeta, 97 min)

Rarely has an architect caused as much sensation outside of the architecture community as Rem Koolhaas. His outstanding creations—from his House in Bordeaux to our own Seattle Public Library—are working examples of his visionary theories about design and urban society. Yet for Koolhaas, provocation through a wide range of activities is more important than individual masterpieces. This playful and visually inventive new documentary takes the Dutch architect’s ideas and approach to heart. Koolhaas discusses his life and work, including his early experiments with filmmaking and his seminal 1978 publication Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan. Reinforced by interviews with friends and colleagues, including architects Joshua Ramus and Richard Meier, and a lively discussion between Koolhaas and German sociologist Dirk Baecker, A Kind of Architect is a thought-provoking portrait of a true visionary.

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