Rem Koolhaas: Elements of Architecture
Developed and expanded from Rem Koolhaas’s much-lauded exhibition at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, Elements of Architecture offers a close study of the granular details of structure, building, and planning. Window, facade, balcony, corridor, fireplace, stair, escalator, and elevator—the book seeks to excavate the micro-narratives of architecture and interior space. The result is no single history, but a web of origins, influences, and hybridizations in architectural evolution, including the significant impact of technological advances, climatic adaptation, political calculation, economic contexts, and regulatory requirements.
Designed by Irma Boom and based on research from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the 2,528-page monograph includes texts by Rem Koolhaas, Stephan Trüby, Manfredo di Robilant, and Jeffrey Inaba; interviews with Werner Sobek and Tony Fadell (of Nest Labs); and an exclusive photo essay by Wolfgang Tillmans.