Project Without Form
OMA, Rem Koolhaas, and the Laboratory of 1989
Holger Schurk

450 pp.

with numerous black-white and colour illustrations

perfect bound softcover

Leipzig January, 2022
ISBN: 9783959053754
Edition Number: 1

Width: 19 cm
Length: 27 cm

Language(s): English

Holger Schurk

Jan Kiesswetter, Alina Schmuch

In 1989, the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) developed a daring architectural typology—a “project without form”. The setting is a laboratory headed by Rem Koolhaas, in which actors from different disciplines work on three competition challenges at the same time. In the process, the mechanisms of project development and knowledge acquisition merge into increasingly abstract systems and representations. The “project without form” is not built in any of the three cases. The book not only follows the progress of the laboratory in 1989 but also reflects on its prehistory and aftermath, drawing on interviews with various actors at OMA conducted by Holger Schurk. The publication focuses on the hybrid processes of production and representation in the OMA project Très Grande Bibliothèque (TGB) in Paris: these are visualized by means of numerous hitherto unpublished sketches, drawings, and photographs as well as sequences of video stills.

Holger Schurk is a lecturer in architecture at the ZHAW in Zurich.

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