Rem Koolhaas

Rem Koolhaas' "Cronocaos"

Article: Rem Koolhaas' "Cronocaos"

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.”

Beijing's burnt Mandarin Oriental still stands

Article: Beijing's burnt Mandarin Oriental still stands

Back in early February 2009, fireworks during the finale to the annual Spring Festival/Chinese New Year celebration sparked a fire that quickly “engulfed one of the Chinese capital’s most architecturally celebrated modern buildings.” The nearly completed 32-story, 241-room Mandarin Oriental Hotel was designed by famous architect Rem Koolhaas. James Fallows points out over at The…