REM: A Documentary

By Stephanie Rebick | Posted on July 3rd, 2013


Rem Koolhaas is one of the most influential architects and thinkers of the late 20th century. His contributions to the built environment — most notably the Seattle Library, the CCTV headquarters in Beijing and the McCormick Tribune Campus Center at the Illinois Institute of Technology — have been profound, and controversial. In addition to his architectural practice, Koolhaas has also published a number of important books, including Delirious New York (1978) and S,M,L,XL, which expound on the relationship between architecture and society. As I’m always interested in learning more about Koolhaas’ practice and theoretical positions, I was excited to learn that his son, Tomas, is working on a documentary about his father. Exploiting his unique vantage point and access, Tomas’ film, REM, will explore the relationship between architecture and the individuals who inhabit it, focusing on how we experience space and the built environment around us. Interested in the “hidden internal life of buildings,” REM will reveal the human element of architecture, inserting the public back into a discussion of iconic built form. The documentary will be finished later this year and preview clips can be viewed here.


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