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Rem Koolhaas on Identity and Conformity in the Digital City

14:00 - 10 July, 2018
Rem Koolhaas on Identity and Conformity in the Digital City, De Rotterdam. Image © Richard John Seymour
De Rotterdam. Image © Richard John Seymour

As identity-based politics continues to grow in influence, we may do well to examine the effect it has on the way we think about and design our cities. In a recent interview with the Washington Post, Rem Koolhaas discusses these changes - and how they mark an evolution from the generic city concept he introduced in S,M,L, XL.

WaPo's New Augmented Reality Series Begins With a Virtual Look at the Ceiling of Herzog & de Meuron's Elbphilharmonie

14:20 - 16 May, 2017
WaPo's New Augmented Reality Series Begins With a Virtual Look at the Ceiling of Herzog & de Meuron's Elbphilharmonie , © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

The Washington Post (WaPo) has launched a new architectural augmented reality series that will provide readers with an in-depth look at the details behind some of the world’s most innovative new buildings. For its first edition, architecture critic Philip Kennicott narrates an AR projection of the unique ceiling of the main concert hall at Herzog & de Meuron’s recently completed Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Germany.

Has Technology Diminished Our Understanding Of Public Space?

05:00 - 5 May, 2015
Has Technology Diminished Our Understanding Of Public Space?, St. Peter's Square through the lens of a camera. ImagePapal Conclave 2013, Vatican City
St. Peter's Square through the lens of a camera. ImagePapal Conclave 2013, Vatican City

In an article for the Washington Post, Philip Kennicott argues that "technology has scrambled the lines between public and private." He questions whether, in an age of "radical individualism" spurred on by our fascination with solitary communication, our collective understanding and appreciation for the public, civic space has been diminished. Kennitott foreshadows that "one thing is certain: We will live in more crowded spaces, and we will increasingly live indoors, cocooned in climate-controlled zones with a few billion of our closest friends" as rapid urbanisation merges with the changing climate.