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Tuesday, March 06, 2012

The Organization of Ambition or The Last Gasp

On Thursday, March 8 the New York Public Library will host Rem Koolhaas and Hans Ulbrich Obrist as they discuss their new book published by Taschen, Project Japan: Metabolism Talks. The Organization of Ambition or The Last Gasp, REM KOOLHAAS and HANS ULRICH OBRIST on Project Japan: Metabolism Talks takes place at 7pm in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste Bartos Forum. Tickets are $25 for the general public, $15 for Friends of the NYPL, seniors, and students with ID.


From the NYPL page on the event:
In 1958, a group of young Japanese architects gathered for a barbecue to celebrate the completion of one of their revolutionary new buildings. This run-of-the-mill act of comradery – unthinkable among today’s relentlessly competing architects – led to the formation of a movement that would play a crucial role in the rebuilding and reimagining of postwar Japan: Metabolism.

Architect Rem Koolhaas – author of Delirious New York – and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist – known for his exhibitions and his “endless conversation” with hundreds of artists and thinkers, racking up 2,000 hours of interviews since 1990 – will discuss their new book Project Japan, part oral history and part documentation of Japan’s radical mode of nation building. In trialogue with Paul Holdengraber, Koolhaas and Obrist will explore the many lessons of Metabolism – the first non-western avant-garde movement – for today: how an activist state mobilized its best talents and meticulously planned the future of its cities, how the media adopted the architect as a serious agent of social change (rather than the hyped “starchitect”), how various disciplines – architecture, art, sociology, technology – collaborated to produce something new.


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  2. Nice book. The other day we wrote about Hans Ulrich Obrist and his book with Cedric Price:

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