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!