No kookhouse for Koolhaas

Rem KoolhaasSpeaks for itself:

SPIEGEL: Some people say that if architects had to live in their own buildings, cities would be more attractive today.

Koolhaas: Oh, come on now, that’s really trivial.

SPIEGEL: Where do you live?

Koolhaas: That’s unimportant. It’s less a question of architecture than of finances.

SPIEGEL: You’re avoiding the question. Where do you live?

Koolhaas: OK, I live in a Victorian apartment building in London.

“The whole interview is worth reading,” adds the director of the National Civic Art Society, Justin Shubow, who sent the exchange in an e-mail to the TradArch list. I’m sure it is! Okay, so the interview took place eight years ago. He might have moved. But he did what he did. Can’t erase that, and no one is really sure he would want to. Koolhaas is directing this year’s Venice Architectural Biennale, which has featured a little too much traditional and classical imagery to conduce to the comfort of most architecture critics who have reviewed it. Ha ha!

About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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