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Koolhaas in Favor of Generic Buildings

Rem Koolhaas, in an interview in Der Speigel, talks about the "zero character" office building he works in in Rotterdam and how wonderful

Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan interprets the Der Speigel interview on The Atlantic Cities:

"Koolhaas believes the generic city is also the freest. Liberated from the codes and rules of the old city center, it's a free zone, a safe haven for the migrant workers who make up (in Amsterdam's case) 40 percent of the city's population. Generic plug-in waterfronts (like the Baltimore Inner Harbor, New York's East River Waterfront and, yes, HafenCity) are the product of a simple equation between developers and city governments."

In the original interview, Koolhaas says:

"It can be wonderful when a building has character, but it can also be an obstacle. It can limit you."

Full Story: Koolhaas's Defense of Generic Architecture

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