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Rem Koolhaas and the New Frontline of Transformation

Rem Koolhaas and the New Frontline of Transformation
Rem Koolhaas and the New Frontline of Transformation, © Flickr CC User Giulio Bernardi
© Flickr CC User Giulio Bernardi

When you abandon the countryside in favour of the city, what do you leave behind? In a recent essay for Icon Magazine, OMA co-founder Rem Koolhaas deliberates on the intersection between the two, arguing that "our current obsession with only the city is highly irresponsible because you cannot understand the city without understanding the countryside."

"The countryside is now the frontline of transformation," Koolhaas says, describing a new type of hybridized urban-countryside where no stone is left unturned. Koolhaas refers to this land as "the intermediate," describing it as "a well-manicured place where surface appearances bear almost no relation to what is actually happening on the land and in the buildings." The countryside, Koolhaas argues, is no longer a sober second thought for the urban dweller but a facsimile of the failures of city life. Read the essay in full, here.

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Cite: Finn MacLeod. "Rem Koolhaas and the New Frontline of Transformation" 05 Oct 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/553770/rem-koolhaas-and-the-new-frontline-of-transformation/> ISSN 0719-8884
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