Charlie Rose with Rem Koolhaas – The Evolving Nature Of Country Life
In his recent sit down with famed architect Rem Koolhaas, Charlie Rose opens the interview with how surprised he was to hear a short remark made by Koolhaas just before the cameras were turned on. Rose was taken aback to hear the most groundbreaking and influential urban design theorist in the world confess that he’s growing increasingly tired of investigating the urban fabric. Koolhaas is the founder of the world’s most respected and influential architecture firm The Office For Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) based in Rotterdam, and he elaborates why lately his interests are leaning more heavily towards what is happening in the peripheral countrysides in Europe and around the world, because he feels it is here where the human experiment with built form and civilization itself is beginning to get very interesting (and Koolhaas’s definition of “interesting” in this case translates into “messy”). Take a listen to the fascinating interview below to find out exactly why he is so enthralled by what is happening in the countrysides of the world, as well as to learn more about his criteria for what makes truly great architecture. His appearance on Charlie Rose is part of the promotion for his latest book Project Japan: Metabolism Talks.