Last night the New York Public Library hosted a sold-out talk between pioneering contemporary architect Rem Koolhaas and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist on the topic of their tome, Project Japan: Metabolism Talks. (Picture a line around the block, and a Tweet cloud generated by architects, architecture students, and the insatiably curious who can't resist such a klieg-lit occasion at the NYPL.) Paul Holdengraber, director of the library's lecture programming, engaged the two in a chat about the first non-Western avant-garde movement in architecture. In their book, published by Taschen, Koolhaas and Ulrich Obrist provide insight into a little known part of architectural history, the Metabolists, who sought to create buildings in post-war Japan capable of morphing as needed. It came as little surprise, then, that a conversation about this topic should do the same.
March 9, 2012