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Rem Koolhaas on the horror of consumption

Rem Koolhaas' London lecture as part of Architecture Week last week focused on the 'drastic effect on architecture of its continuous engagement with shopping', which he seems to view with a mixture of fascination and horror. It has not stopped him designing a series of new flagship shops in America for Prada. On the other hand, as he announced in the finale to his lecture, the next two years of his Harvard research programme will be dedicated to communism, or what one might call 'anti-shopping'.

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