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AMO’s First China Exhibition Design Revealed in Beijing

16:00 - 9 August, 2018
AMO’s First China Exhibition Design Revealed in Beijing, True Me. Image © Bian Jie, Courtesy of OMA
True Me. Image © Bian Jie, Courtesy of OMA

OMA's research and design practice AMO has opened True Me, the studio's first exhibition design in China. Built in the 798 Art Factory in Beijing, True Me explores modern selfie-culture and modes of self-representation through art and media. Organized by App developer Meitu and the Beijing Contemporary Arts Foundation, the exhibition features artworks by Hou Ying, Lu Yang, Maleonn, Xie Haiwei, Ye Funa, Chen Tianzhuo, teamLab, and Theodore Bradley. Celebrating the launch of Meitu’s new logo, the exhibition extends AMO’s interest in studying visual culture.

True Me. Image Courtesy of OMA True Me. Image © Bian Jie, Courtesy of OMA True Me. Image © Bian Jie, Courtesy of OMA True Me. Image Courtesy of OMA + 20

OMA / AMO Completes Flexible Permanent Exhibition Space for Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam

14:30 - 14 December, 2017
OMA / AMO Completes Flexible Permanent Exhibition Space for Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Photograph by Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti. Image Courtesy of OMA
Photograph by Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti. Image Courtesy of OMA

AMO, the research and think tank wing of OMA, has completed a flexible new exhibition space for the permanent collection of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Named Stedelijk BASE, the bespoke display system is constructed from “very thin yet solid” free-standing steel partitions that interlock like puzzle-pieces to create an open-ended flow for viewing art from the late 19th and 20th centuries.

Concept Collage. Image Courtesy of OMA Collection Highlights. Image Courtesy of OMA Installation views STEDELIJK BASE, Collectie Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Photo: Gert-Jan van Rooij. ImageStedelijk BASE Plan Stedelijk BASE model. Image Courtesy of OMA + 21

Creative Mediators Reveal Concept for Manifesta 12 Palermo: The Planetary Garden. Cultivating Coexistence

14:00 - 1 December, 2017
Creative Mediators Reveal Concept for Manifesta 12 Palermo: The Planetary Garden. Cultivating Coexistence, Veduta di Palermo, Francesco Lojacono, 1875; Palermo Atlas. Image Courtesy of OMA
Veduta di Palermo, Francesco Lojacono, 1875; Palermo Atlas. Image Courtesy of OMA

The creative mediators of Manifesta 12 have revealed the concept for next year’s Manifesta 12 biennial in Palermo.

Entitled The Planetary Garden. Cultivating Coexistence, the concept will explore “coexistence in a world moved by invisible networks, transnational private interests, algorithmic intelligence and ever-increasing inequalities through the unique lens of Palermo – a crossroads of three continents in the heart of the Mediterranean.” 

The concept was derived from an earlier analysis conducted by OMA named the Palermo Atlas, which investigated the “social, cultural and geographical textures of the city.” The event will allow visitors to visualize contemporary global transformations through the lens of Palermo.

AMO / Rem Koolhaas and the Guggenheim to Conduct Research Project Exploring "Radical Changes in the Countryside"

14:30 - 29 November, 2017
AMO / Rem Koolhaas and the Guggenheim to Conduct Research Project Exploring "Radical Changes in the Countryside", Countryside: Future of the World, a collaboration between Guggenheim and AMO / Rem Koolhaas examines radical changes transforming the non-urban landscape opens Fall 2019. Photo: Pieternel van Velden (Koppert Cress, The Netherlands 2011). Image Courtesy of Guggenheim
Countryside: Future of the World, a collaboration between Guggenheim and AMO / Rem Koolhaas examines radical changes transforming the non-urban landscape opens Fall 2019. Photo: Pieternel van Velden (Koppert Cress, The Netherlands 2011). Image Courtesy of Guggenheim

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has announced a new research project exploring the “radical changes in the countryside, the vast nonurban areas of Earth” that will culminate in an exhibition at the museum’s Frank Lloyd Wright-designed New York home in Fall 2019.

Collaborating with Rem Koolhaas and his firm AMO, the think tank wing of OMA, the project will continue research already conducted by the Dutch architect and students from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Countryside: Future of the World, a collaboration between Guggenheim and AMO / Rem Koolhaas examines radical changes transforming the non-urban landscape opens Fall 2019.. Image Courtesy of Guggenheim Countryside: Future of the World, a collaboration between Guggenheim and AMO / Rem Koolhaas examines radical changes transforming the non-urban landscape opens Fall 2019. Photo: Mikhaylovich Prokudin-Gorsky c. 1909. Image Courtesy of Guggenheim Countryside: Future of the World, a collaboration between Guggenheim and AMO / Rem Koolhaas examines radical changes transforming the non-urban landscape opens Fall 2019.. Image Courtesy of Guggenheim Rem Koolhaas Photo: Fred Ernst, Courtesy of OMA + 5

Neufert: The Exceptional Pursuit of the Norm

08:00 - 30 October, 2017
Neufert: The Exceptional Pursuit of the Norm

In this excerpt from Reinier de Graaf's new book Four Walls and a Roof: The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession (Harvard University Press), the all-pervasive work and pedagogical practice of Ernst Neufert is put under the spotlight. Was he an architect, a teacher, or something larger than both? In examining Neufert's ardent pursuit of the "norm", De Graaf sheds light on the impact and enduring legacy of the author of Architect’s Data.

His built output—a few industrial complexes, some housing projects, and the Quelle Mail Order headquarters in Nuremberg—is not much to speak of, but his name is known to every practicing architect: Ernst Neufert, author of Architect’s Data, more commonly referred to as Neufert. [1] If the importance of an architect equals the extent to which his work lives on in others, Neufert is the most important of the twentieth century. There is probably no architect who has not used Neufert, whether as a didactic tool or as a volume of references. It contains all the necessary information to design and execute works of architecture. Neufert is enduringly popular. As of 2016, it is in its forty-first German edition, has been translated into seventeen languages, and has sold over 500,000 copies. [2] 

OMA Unveils Urban Study and Strategy for Manifesta 12 in Palermo

14:00 - 3 July, 2017
OMA Unveils Urban Study and Strategy for Manifesta 12 in Palermo, Palermo Atlas announcement, Teatro Garibaldi, Palermo. Image © CAVE Studio, courtesy Manifesta
Palermo Atlas announcement, Teatro Garibaldi, Palermo. Image © CAVE Studio, courtesy Manifesta

Manifesta 12 creative mediator OMA has revealed the Palermo Atlas, an interdisciplinary urban study of Palermo that will inform the organization of 12th edition of Manifesta, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, that will be held next year in the Italian city. Led by OMA partner Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, the project outlines a blueprint for Palermo “to plan its future and as a research framework to ensure that Manifesta 12 achieves a long-term impact for the city and its citizens.”

Strategy of Intervention, Palermo Atlas. Image Courtesy of OMA Map of Communities, Palermo Atlas. Image Courtesy of OMA Veduta di Palermo, Francesco Lojacono, 1875; Palermo Atlas. Image Courtesy of OMA Mediterranean System of Flows, Palermo Atlas. Image Courtesy of OMA + 12

OMA/AMO-Designed Exhibition lR100-Rinascente: Stories of Innovation Debuts in Milan

10:15 - 24 May, 2017
OMA/AMO-Designed Exhibition lR100-Rinascente: Stories of Innovation Debuts in Milan, lR100-Rinascente: Stories of Innovation. Image © Agostino Osio, Courtesy of OMA
lR100-Rinascente: Stories of Innovation. Image © Agostino Osio, Courtesy of OMA

A new exhibition by OMA/AMO, lR100-Rinascente: Stories of Innovation, has officially opened in Milan’s Palazzo Reale. Marking the 100th anniversary of the classic Italian department store, la Rinascente, the exhibition commemorates the company’s long creative history and experimental spirit that has served as an influential part of Italian design, culture and commerce.

lR100-Rinascente: Stories of Innovation. Image © Agostino Osio, Courtesy of OMA lR100-Rinascente: Stories of Innovation. Image © Agostino Osio, Courtesy of OMA Courtesy of Rinascente Courtesy of Rinascente + 30

OMA/AMO Designs “Back to Basics” Interior for the Prada 2017 Fall/Winter Runway

14:30 - 17 January, 2017
OMA/AMO Designs “Back to Basics” Interior for the Prada 2017 Fall/Winter Runway, Photograph by Agostino Osio, Courtesy of OMA
Photograph by Agostino Osio, Courtesy of OMA

For their latest fashion show scheme for Prada, AMO has gone “back to basics.” Envisioned for the fashion house’s 2017 Fall/Winter Collection, “Continuous Interior” borrows from domestic design, taking the form of a series of curving wooden partitions paired with ordinary materials and emblematic furniture pieces to create a stage that speaks to the importance of authenticity in the political climate of today.

Photograph by Alberto Moncada, Courtesy of OMA Photograph by Alberto Moncada, Courtesy of OMA Photograph by Alberto Moncada, Courtesy of OMA Photograph by Agostino Osio, Courtesy of OMA + 10

OMA Announced as "Creative Mediators" for Manifesta 12 in Palermo

12:30 - 24 November, 2016

OMA, led by partner Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, have been chosen as the "Creative Mediators" for the 12th edition of Manifesta, which will be held in Palermo in 2018. The practice will assemble an interdisciplinary team to investigate the role of governance in the Italian city, and address how contemporary urban centers are affected by tourism, gentrification, migration and climate change. They will also work "with specialists from the fields of contemporary art, sociology, music, cinema and architecture" to develop a series of "interactive, interdisciplinary, performative and artistic interventions."

Bjarke Ingels, Rem Koolhaas to Feature in September Issue of WIRED UK, "THINK BIGGER"

16:15 - 25 August, 2016

Next Month, architecture will be hitting the mainstream media, as Bjarke Ingels has been selected to grace the cover of the September 2016 edition of WIRED UK. Titled “THINK BIGGER,” the issue will also feature profiles and stories from architects and designers Tom Dixon, Neri Oxman, David Adjaye and Rem Koolhaas. A Condé Nast Publication, the magazine focuses on the effects of science and technology on topics including design, architecture, culture, the economy, politics and philosophy.

Reinier de Graaf Discusses Moscow's Development and the "Major Stupidity" of Brexit

09:30 - 16 July, 2016

At the recently concluded Moscow Urban Forum, Renier de Graaf shared his opinion on a range of topics, from UK’s Brexit and the EU identity to OMA’s work in Russia, particularly in shaping the recent growth of Moscow. De Graaf is a partner at OMA and as director of the firm’s Think Tank, AMO, he produced The Image of Europe, an exhibition hoping to portray a “bold, explicit and popular” European Union. Thus, it comes as no surprise that De Graaf, along with Rem Koolhaas, is particularly outspoken about the recent events within the European Union.

Ulterior Motives: OMA/AMO's Reinier de Graaf on "Research," Europe and the 2014 Venice Biennale

04:00 - 21 June, 2016
Ulterior Motives: OMA/AMO's Reinier de Graaf on "Research," Europe and the 2014 Venice Biennale, Installation in the Central Pavilion of the Giardini at the 2014 Venice Biennale, directed by OMA/AMO. Image Courtesy of OMA
Installation in the Central Pavilion of the Giardini at the 2014 Venice Biennale, directed by OMA/AMO. Image Courtesy of OMA

The following interview with Reinier De Graaf was first published by Volume Magazine in their 48th issue, The Research Turn. You can read the Editorial of this issue, Research Horizons, here.

Architectural practice requires a degree of intimacy and insight into complex sets of forces. While building is architecture’s bread and butter, it’s not always the best format to make a statement. It’s sometimes not even the most appropriate language to respond to a brief. Volume spoke with Reinier de Graaf of OMA/AMO about how research and media can become a vessel for political agendas.

AMO's Stratified Scenography for Prada's 2017 S/S Collection is Presented as "Total Space"

12:30 - 20 June, 2016
AMO's Stratified Scenography for Prada's 2017 S/S Collection is Presented as "Total Space", © Agostino Osio
© Agostino Osio

In the latest scenographic set for Prada's fashion collections, AMO have created a set "conceived as a stratification of architectures" – Total Space. Remnants from previous shows sit around the periphery of the room creating a foundation and aesthetic background for the house's 2017 Spring/Summer collection. A linear structure, which sits centrally and divides the room, is designed to "amplify its perceived proportions."

© Agostino Osio © Agostino Osio © Agostino Osio © Alberto Moncada + 9

"There is Much More at Stake Than Simply Being In or Out" – Rem Koolhaas Speaks Out Over a Potential EU 'Brexit'

13:15 - 17 June, 2016
"There is Much More at Stake Than Simply Being In or Out" – Rem Koolhaas Speaks Out Over a Potential EU 'Brexit', EU Barcode (OMA*AMO). Image © flickr user eager. Licensed under CC BY 2.0.
EU Barcode (OMA*AMO). Image © flickr user eager. Licensed under CC BY 2.0.

In a recent interview with the BBC, Rem Koolhaas (OMA) has spoken out against the campaign seeking to remove the United Kingdom from the European Union, upon which the British people will vote in a referendum next week. Reflecting on his time spent at London's Architectural Association (AA) in the 1960s and '70s, Koolhaas fears that advocates for withdrawal may be looking at the past through rose-colored glasses.

If you look at the arguments to leave you can see this is a movement of people who want to fundamentally change England back into the way it supposedly was before.

Panel Discussion: Presentation Night ‘With the Masses’

14:30 - 12 April, 2016
Panel Discussion: Presentation Night ‘With the Masses’, Credit: Astrid Nieuwborg
Credit: Astrid Nieuwborg

Five acclaimed international guests join OMA/AMO's Reinier de Graaf and the students of the Berlage Theory Master Class for a final debate on With the Masses - Architecture and Participation this Friday Night. Expect new insights into Het Nieuwe Insituut's collection and new formats for vigorous debate designed by the students. With a.o. Françoise Fromonot, architecture critic and educator, Ricardo E. Bofill, architect, and Lucien Kroll, Atelier Kroll.

Introducing Volume #47: The System*

04:00 - 24 March, 2016
Introducing Volume #47: The System*, Volume #47: The System*. Image © Volume
Volume #47: The System*. Image © Volume

Volume is an "agenda-setting" quarterly magazine, published by the Archis Foundation (The Netherlands). Founded in 2005 as a research mechanism by Ole Bouman (Archis), Rem Koolhaas (OMA*AMO), and Mark Wigley (Columbia University Laboratory for Architecture/C-Lab), the project "reaches out for global views on designing environments, advocates broader attitudes to social structures, and reclaims the cultural and political significance of architecture."

Over the next six weeks Volume will share a curated selection of essays from The System* on ArchDaily. This represents the start of a new partnership between two platforms with global agendas: in the case of ArchDaily to provide inspiration, knowledge and tools to architects across the world and, in the case of Volume, "to voice architecture any way, anywhere, anytime [by] represent[ing] the expansion of architectural territories and the new mandate for design."

AMO Brings Prada's 2016 S/S Collection to Life with "Real Fantasies" Video

16:00 - 4 February, 2016

AMO has released the 16th edition of Prada Real Fantasies - a conceptual reinterpretation of the 2016 Spring/Summer Prada collection.

"AMO graphically reinterprets the Indefinite Hangar as a synthetic sunset fixed within a 3 dimensional blank space. The abstract hangar is populated with geometric objects and furniture. Characters move through a neutral scene between the undefined and distilled fragments of daily life. The horizon and scale constantly shifts, manipulating the frame and disrupting a linear sequence: an artificial landscape where fiction and collection collide," says the OMA research studio.

OMA/AMO's Latest Prada Runway is Inspired by 17th Century Auto-Da-Fé Trials

16:00 - 18 January, 2016
OMA/AMO's Latest Prada Runway is Inspired by 17th Century Auto-Da-Fé Trials, © OMA. Photographed by Agostino Osio
© OMA. Photographed by Agostino Osio

When it comes to the modern-day fashion show, the internet has fundamentally changed the way audiences interact with models and designers, say OMA/AMO, arguing: "The assemblage of recorded impressions and digital reactions inserts itself into the once autonomous narrative of the fashion show. The statement of the collective spreads. The mass of fragmented instant data is uploaded and critiqued by a multitude of voices."

With their latest fashion show design for Prada, which was used to showcase the designer's upcoming fall/winter menswear collection in Milan yesterday, the firm sought to enhance this sense of public judgement. "This consumption of images is like a public trial, a contemporary transposition of the Auto-da-fé," explains their press release, referring to the ceremonies of public penance which took place in the Portuguese and Spanish Inquisitions in the 15th-17th centuries.

© OMA. Photographed by Agostino Osio © OMA. Photographed by Alberto Moncada © OMA. Photographed by Agostino Osio © OMA. Photographed by Agostino Osio + 7