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S, M, L, XL (Small, Medium, Large, Extra-Large).

KOOLHAAS, Rem and MAU, Bruce.

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ISBN 10: 1885254016 / ISBN 13: 9781885254016
Editorial: Monacelli Press,, NY:, 1995
Condición: Near Fine Encuadernación de tapa dura
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Color and black and white photographs and drawings throughout. First edition. INSCRIBED by Rem Koolhaas in 1996: "To Robert / Rem / Koolhaas / 11-3-96 Boston." About fine in silver, printed boards. No dust jacket, as issued. ; 1344 pages; Signed by Author. N° de ref. de la librería 82109

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Título: S, M, L, XL (Small, Medium, Large, ...

Editorial: Monacelli Press,, NY:

Año de publicación: 1995

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:Near Fine

Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author(s)

Edición: 1st Edition

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S,M,L,XL presents a selection of the remarkable visionary design work produced by the Dutch firm Office for Metropolitan Architecture (O.M.A.) and its acclaimed founder, Rem Koolhaas, in its first twenty years, along with a variety of insightful, often poetic writings. The inventive collaboration between Koolhaas and designer Bruce Mau is a graphic overture that weaves together architectural projects, photos and sketches, diary excerpts, personal travelogues, fairy tales, and fables, as well as critical essays on contemporary architecture and society.

The book's title is also its framework: projects and essays are arranged according to scale. While Small and Medium address issues ranging from the domestic to the public, Large focuses on what Koolhaas calls "the architecture of Bigness." Extra-Large features projects at the urban scale, along with the important essay "What Ever Happened to Urbanism?" and other studies of the contemporary city. Running throughout the book is a "dictionary" of an adventurous new Koolhaasian language -- definitions, commentaries, and quotes from hundreds of literary, cultural, artistic, and architectural sources.

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This extraordinary, massive, and mind-boggling 1,300-page book combines essays, manifestos, diaries, fairy tales, travelogues, a cycle of meditations on the contemporary city--and complex illustration--with work produced by Koolhaas' Office for Metropolitan Architecture over the past twenty years. This almost overwhelming accumulation of words and images illuminates the condition of architecture today--its splendors and miseries--exploring and revealing the corrosive effects of politics, context, the economy, and globalization. In some ways, this is the "Medium is the Message" of 1990s architectural discourse: guaranteed to be hugely influential in the coming decades, but grossly misunderstood by those who have not read it. The core arguments it makes about metropolitan architecture--accepting complexity and lack of centralized control--are similar to those of Kevin Kelly's Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems and the Economic World. Very highly recommended.

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