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Architecture under the microscope: rem koolhaas's essential toolkit to building anatomies
“A resource that can be revisited over and over again, one that will arm the current and future designers of our built world with the knowledge they’ll need to address the issues they have yet to even confront.” — ArchDaily


NEW YORK, NY.- Elements of Architecture focuses on the fragments of the rich and complex architectural collage. Window, façade, balcony, corridor, fireplace, stair, escalator, elevator: the book seeks to excavate the micro-narratives of building detail.The result is no single history, but rather the web of origins, contaminations, similarities, and differences in architectural evolution, including the influence of technological advances, climatic adaptation, political calculation, economic contexts, regulatory requirements, and new digital opportunities. It’s a guide that is long overdue—in Koolhaas’s own words, “Never was a book more relevant—at a moment where architecture as we know it is changing beyond recognition.”

Derived, updated, and expanded from Koolhaas’s exhaustive and much-lauded exhibition at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, this is an essential toolkit to understanding the fundamentals that comprise structure around the globe. Designed by Irma Boom and based on research from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the 2,600-page monograph contains essays from Rem Koolhaas, Stephan Trueby, Manfredo di Robilant, and Jeffrey Inaba; interviews with Werner Sobek and Tony Fadell (of Nest); and an exclusive photo essay by Wolfgang Tillmans.

In addition to comprehensively updated texts and new images, this edition is designed and produced to visually (and physically) embody the immense scope of its subject matter:

• Custom split-spine binding: the printer modified their industrial binding machine to allow for the flexible, eight-centimeter thick spine

• Contains a new introductory chapter with forewords, table of contents, and an index, located in the middle of the book (where it naturally opens due to its unique spine)

• Printed on 50g Opakal paper, allowing for the ideal level of opacity needed to realize Boom’s palimpsest-like design

• Translucent overlays and personal annotations by Koolhaas and Boom are woven in each chapter to create an alternative, faster route through the book

• Printed at the originally intended 100% size for full readability





Today's News

December 28, 2018

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Kunsthalle Mannheim opens major exhibition 'Constructing the World: Art and Economy'

Modern American Realism on view at the Portland Art Museum

Five questions to the curator of the Painting the Night exhibition at the Centre Pompidou-Metz

Exhibition at Winnipeg Art Gallery brings together 16th-to-19th century paintings presented in salon-style fashion

Exhibition highlights women designers who have been forgotten

Exhibition is result of an over year-long inquiry into the encyclopedic collections of museums

Architecture under the microscope: rem koolhaas's essential toolkit to building anatomies

Exhibition at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg turns the spotlight on the power of language

Musée de l'Elysée exhibits works by Swiss photographer Matthias Bruggmann

'Albert Irvin and Abstract Expressionism' on view at the Royal West of England Academy

Exhibition lets visitors experience Le Corbusier as a graphic artist for the first time since 1966

'Albert Tucker Beyond the Modern' on view at the Heide Museum of Modern Art

Exhibition conveys how density contributes to the quality of life in a city

Exhibition by the American visual artist Sarah Oppenheimer opens at von Bartha, S-chanf

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DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum presents first mid-career survey of Sheila Pepe's work

Bellevue Arts Museum presents an exhibition of Polaroids from collector Robert E. Jackson

UCCA Dune Art Museum exhibits works by nine Chinese artists who span a range of generations

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