Tonight Rem Koolhaas will kick off the New Museum’s Festival of Ideas with a keynote that will introduce the major themes behind the festival as well as those at work in his exhibition “Cronocaos,” which debuted last year at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Koolhass and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) have been obsessed with the past ever since he co-founded it in 1975. “Cronocaos” is as much a retrospective of some of the firm’s most important work as it is a frank look at the ongoing struggle of preservation in architecture and urbanism in general. “Through our respect for the past,” Koolhass says, “heritage is becoming more and more the dominant metaphor for our lives todays – a situation called Cronocaos. We are trying to find what the future of our memory will look like.”
Festival of Ideas
What makes a city? That’s question proffered by The New Museum’s Festival of Ideas, a five-day-long street fest/symposium on new ideas for “the new city.” This is going to be unlike any other street festival you’ve been to before. Clear your mind of images of those white polyvinyl booth where bleary-eyed hipsters and mellowed-out Earth moms hawk handmade hacky sacks and herbal remedies.