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Rem Koolhaas: skewing the real

Despite Mark Cousins' efforts to locate Rem Koolhaas and his work within an intellectual context, the architect's lecture at the Royal Geographical Society seemed more concerned with graphic effects, and somewhat flippant in tone. It is perhaps this quality of his work which lies behind Cousins' assertion that it embodies present-day 'unease about what an architect is, or what architecture might be', and (citing Nietzsche) a manifestation of 'the actual' as 'a skew of what is thought ...

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