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Zoo two

astragal

Off to Berlin for the launch of Rem Koolhaas/OMA's Dutch Embassy and an exhibition of the practice's work at Mies van de Rohe's Neue Staatsgalerie. At an embassy launch by the great man, Koolhaas begs us to focus away from the cult of his personality - OMA is a partnership bent on building and AMO, its research arm, has also been formally constituted. 'We don't feel grandiose or confident, ' avers Koolhaas. And he is hoping that the new arrangements will provide 'lesser turbulence and greater serenity in the office'. In this corporate vein, Koolhaas is keen to pay tribute to many collaborators, prominent among them Arup's Cecil Balmond.

AMO itself is focused on areas it thinks need architectural thinking, not necessarily buildings, such as the phenomenon of shopping - areas Koolhaas hears his contemporaries describe as 'not quite respectable'.

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