Junkspace with Running Room

by Rem Koolhaas,

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  • 9781907903762
  • 9781910749326
Junkspace first appeared in the Harvard Design School Guide to Shopping (2001), a vast compendium of text, images, and data concerning the consumerist transformation of city and suburb from the first department store to the latest mega mall. The architect Rem Koolhaas itemized in delirious detail how our cities are being overwhelmed. His celebrated jeremiad is updated here and twinned with Running Room, a fresh response from the cultural critic Hal Foster. Junkspace describes the bleak and featureless world of capitalism, while Running Room seeks to find a space within the junk in which the individual might still exist.
  • New York Review Books; September 2016
  • ISBN 9781910749326
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  • Title: Junkspace with Running Room
  • Author: Rem Koolhaas; Hal Foster
  • Imprint: Notting Hill Editions
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  • 9781907903762
  • 9781910749326

In The Press

Junkspace is the most important piece of writing on architecture of the 21st Century. The stream of Koolhaas’s prose is akin to a visionary dream, a structureless sequence of crystalline insight and enfolding opiate fog. . . It is distinctly literary, and there are moments of outright genius.
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Foster responds to Koolhaas with an argument for autonomy—both disciplinary (from one art to the next) and (by implication) personal—in order to find space (or the running room of the title) within the junk in which Koolhaas suggests we have drowned. And whether you are at an airport an art fair, that’s something we all need.
Art Review

Rem Koolhaas’s luminescent essay Junkspace decries the mall as the slagheap of America...Koolhaas illuminates the dark underbelly of the kind of advanced capitalism living in the mall.
Columbia Review Magazine

About The Author

Rem Koolhaas is a Dutch architect, architectural theorist, urbanist, and Professor in the Practice of Architecture and Urban Design at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. He has published works on the evolution of the contemporary metropolis and been responsible for landmark urban projects such as the Euralille development in northern France and the CCTV Tower in Beijing, and has designed master plans for, among other places, suburban Paris, the Libyan desert, and Hong Kong.

Hal Foster is Professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of many books, including Design and CrimeProsthetic GodsThe Art-Architecture Complex, and The First Pop Age. He writes regularly for October (which he co-edits), Artforum, and the London Review of Books. He was the 2013 recipient of the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism. He lives in Princeton.

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  • 9781907903762
  • 9781910749326