Rem Koolhaas and the Contradictions of Capitalism

On Places, Ellen Dunham-Jones argues that "irrationally exuberant" architect Rem Koolhaas has encouraged followers to "shed the crippling shackles of critical theory and pick up a surfboard upon which to ride the shock waves of the new economy."

For decades Rem Koolhaas has been not only a leading global architect but also a restless provocateur. Ellen Dunham-Jones explores his protean career, from the early fantastical projects to the big books and bigger buildings of recent years.

It's a career that has come to embody, she argues, "the inevitable contradictions in trying to marry art and capitalism, radicalism and pragmatism, icon-making and city-making."

Full Story: The Irrational Exuberance of Rem Koolhaas

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