Tomas Koolhaas Releases Official ‘REM’ Trailer, Exclusive Interview with Kanye West

Los Angeles-based cinematographer Tomas Koolhaas is nearing completion of his highly anticipated film, REM. The feature length documentary, which focuses on the work of Tomas’ famed father, Koolhaas, is the first architectural film to “comprehensively explore the human conditions in and around Koolhaas’ buildings from a ground level perspective.” Rather than lifeless still shots and long-winded, intellectual discourse, REM exposes the one thing that gives each building function and purpose: how it is used by people.

So far, REM has been funded entirely by grants. However, in order for Tomas to collect the necessary funds to complete post-production, he has turned to you by launching a Kickstarter campaign.

Watch REM’s official trailer above, which follows a parkour expert as he moves through the Casa De Musica in Porto, and follow us after the break for Tomas’ exclusive interview with Kanye West, who comments on his work with OMA at the 2012 Cannes film festival.

When commenting on his interview with Kanye, Tomas stated: “I really enjoyed the piece ArchDaily posted about Kanye recently and I agree that there is a defensiveness among architects to allow non-architects to be part of architectural discourse. I myself believe that this is one of the reasons that architectural documentaries tend to be quite unpopular amongst non-architects.

“Since most people that actually use architecture are non-experts in the field, it seems strange that anyone should be ridiculed when they have opinions on the subject or want to be involved in collaborations with architects. Especially when they seem to be fully aware of their limitations regarding their own architectural expertise… I personally was very happy to be able to have Kanye’s perspective to include in the film.”

“I probably sound ignorant when I talk about [architecture]… I’m fine with sounding ignorant… I’m not talking about something like music that I’m a complete expert at. I’m talking about something I want to learn about and I’m not afraid to talk in public about my desire to learn more.”

To learn more about REM, check out our exclusive interview with Tomas and additional video clips from REM.

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Tomas Koolhaas Releases Official ‘REM’ Trailer, Exclusive Interview with Kanye West" 03 Dec 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 29 May 2015. <>
  • Andrei P.

    Kanye West talking about architecture sounds more interesting than Frank Gehry talking about architecture.

  • Mikaël

    I’m expecting this documentary to be really bad and really easy. Those instagram effects, this logo and lots of other things don’t match with Rem Koolhaas’ architecture or speeches…
    And freerun/parkour/dance come on! Isn’t it the easiest thing to do? Do you remember what Schröder did with BIG’s mountain four years ago?

  • Montana

    I love Rem’s work, however the film and Kickstarter campaign are offering horrible rewards. Not to mention the film maker hasn’t even backed a single Kickstarter project (my personal feeling is if you can’t ask if you aren’t willing to give yourself). I think the concept is there, but the execution to the general public is mediocre and sad at best.

  • Laszlo Kovacs

    kanye needs to stop being so insecure. you’re a hip hop superstar and all you talk about is how everyone is keeping you down.