16 July 2019
Published by Taschen and derived from Rem Koolhaas’s exhibition at the 2014 Venice Biennale, Elements of Architecture is a fascinating tool for getting to grips with the elements, the components and the fundamental principles that go into the practice of building. The aim of the book by the Dutch archistar who, before setting up the OMA studio, worked as a journalist and set designer, is to narrate the evolution of architecture in relation to all the factors that influence contemporary society, from technological progress to climate change, and then on to the new regulations connected with the digital age. The protagonists of the book are all those architectural and structural details that define design with their narrative value, from the largest to the smallest.
Designed by Irma Boom, the book contains essays by Rem Koolhaas, Stephan Trueby, Manfredo di Robilant and Jeffrey Inaba, along with interviews with Werner Sobek and Tony Fadell (founder of Nest Lab), an exclusive photographic essay by Wolfgang Tillmans and excerpts from the series of conferences held during the Biennale.