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S, M, L, XL: Small, Medium, Large, Extra-Large [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Jennifer Sigler , Rem Koolhaas , Bruce Mau , Hans Werlemann

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1. Dezember 1995
S,M,L,XL presents a selection of the remarkable visionary design work produced by the Dutch firm Office for Metropolitan Architecture (O.M.A.) and its acclaimed founder, Rem Koolhaas, in its first twenty years, along with a variety of insightful, often poetic writings. The inventive collaboration between Koolhaas and designer Bruce Mau is a graphic overture that weaves together architectural projects, photos and sketches, diary excerpts, personal travelogues, fairy tales, and fables, as well as critical essays on contemporary architecture and society.

The book's title is also its framework: projects and essays are arranged according to scale. While Small and Medium address issues ranging from the domestic to the public, Large focuses on what Koolhaas calls "the architecture of Bigness." Extra-Large features projects at the urban scale, along with the important essay "What Ever Happened to Urbanism?" and other studies of the contemporary city. Running throughout the book is a "dictionary" of an adventurous new Koolhaasian language -- definitions, commentaries, and quotes from hundreds of literary, cultural, artistic, and architectural sources.

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This extraordinary, massive, and mind-boggling 1,300-page book combines essays, manifestos, diaries, fairy tales, travelogues, a cycle of meditations on the contemporary city--and complex illustration--with work produced by Koolhaas' Office for Metropolitan Architecture over the past twenty years. This almost overwhelming accumulation of words and images illuminates the condition of architecture today--its splendors and miseries--exploring and revealing the corrosive effects of politics, context, the economy, and globalization. In some ways, this is the "Medium is the Message" of 1990s architectural discourse: guaranteed to be hugely influential in the coming decades, but grossly misunderstood by those who have not read it. The core arguments it makes about metropolitan architecture--accepting complexity and lack of centralized control--are similar to those of Kevin Kelly's Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems and the Economic World. Very highly recommended.

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Rem Koolhaas is founder of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (O.M.A.); the firm's most important projects include the Lille Grand Palais in Lille; the Kunsthal in Rotterdam; Netherlands Dance Theatre in The Hague; Nexus Housing in Fukuoka; the Dutch House in Holland; and Villa dall'Ava in Paris, all of which are included in S,M,L,XL. Koolhaas is author of the seminal Delirious New York and professor in practice of architecture and urban design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Bruce Mau founded the critically acclaimed firm Bruce Mau Design in 1985. He is the author of Life Style and Massive Change.

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17 von 19 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen Perfect desert island fare, huge range, its own Web site! 13. April 1997
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The book's designer, Bruce Mau, has as much to do with its impact as the famed architect author, Rem Koolhaas. This is a "drop-in-anytime" book. Open any page, and let yourself go on the main story, squint at the working drawings, cruise the side margins gleaned from a multitude of literary and professional sources.
I compare it to a rich Web site... you enter anywhere and link to new topics and images in a surprising and stimulating way. As a personal challenge, I attacked the book in the most plebeian fashion- from cover to cover, an effort spanning several months, hence true desert island satisfaction.
Certain of the stories have been reviewed by others as fairy tales, and I did read them as such. Imagine my surprise reading other architectural histories to find they were virtually true! The graphically-assisted view of project relationships is welcome to any project planner.
After a dose of Koolhaas' generic city, you will see your world through new eyes. Despite its uncomfortable bulk, S M L XL contains enormous energy and insights, and is not for the architect or urban planner only. Also, despite its enormous bulk, it is well bound and will not disintegrate as you lug it all over in the significant amount of time it will take you to finish it! Compliments to Monacelli for publishing it, and risking our tolerance for a behemoth edition.
2 von 4 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
2.0 von 5 Sternen swishy graphics w/ content seen thru forest of typography 26. Dezember 1996
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Not having actually read the book, but merely a chore just to browse thru it, i believe that this book is compiled as it was meant to be used. the swishy graphics are seductive and the essays are short enough to appeal to the short attention spans of the mtv generation of young architects (to which i belong, lest anyone critique this critique on that basis).i do agree that for content rem will not be able to surpass his manifesto delirious new york- but have you met anyone who has actually read that? all in all, i recommend pooling resources and buying this tome as a group read, or perusing it at the local library, if it is actually available
5 von 10 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
1.0 von 5 Sternen A chaotic book with very little real architectural content. 27. September 1996
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When I heard of S,M,L,XL, I was ready to be amazed. I was
expecting an incisive analysis of modern architecture on
different scales, filled with examples of projects, both
dreams and real buildings. Instead, the book is a chaotic
assortment of rubbish -- excerpts of floor-plans, littered
with photos which are hopefully intended to create a mood
rather than convey a
sense of the building. All in all, innovative typography
and an overtly abstract approach take the place of real
content. For me it was a great disappointment, and after a
first read, its silver spine is all of it I'm likely ever
to see.
3 von 22 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen S.M.L.XL in Reprint soon 15. Juli 2002
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The bible of architecture, S.M.L.XL seems to be reprinted in fall 2002, at least this is the information I have from Monacelli:
"Monacelli are planning to reprint it and it should be availed in the fall."
Greetings from Austria,
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5.0 von 5 Sternen S,M,L,XL 31. August 2002
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Quite simply, the Bible of architecture.
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