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Rem’s Kit of Parts: Exhaustive and Exhausting, Mad and Maddening

Rem’s Kit of Parts: Exhaustive and Exhausting, Mad and Maddening
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In “Elements,” an exhibition and accompanying book for the 2014 Venice Architecture BiennaleRem Koolhaas seeks to explore the omnipresent components of buildings that have never been intentionally articulated by architectural theory. Breaking down the history of architecture into its fundamental components, the text is divided into 15 volumes and functions as “a technophilic treatise on the state of architectural thinking in the twenty-first century.” Despite providing lessons in architectural history, does the book deliver a compelling synthesis of all its parts? In his full review of the book for Metropolis Magazine, Samuel Medina argues that Koolhaas "fails to unpack the language of his argument," resulting in a book that is "ambitious, overreaching, maddening" - much like the exhibition itself. Read the full review here.

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Cite: Evan Rawn. "Rem’s Kit of Parts: Exhaustive and Exhausting, Mad and Maddening" 07 Oct 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/554698/rem-s-kit-of-parts-exhaustive-and-exhausting-mad-and-maddening/> ISSN 0719-8884