Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Pure gold

  • Comment

A good Gold Medal evening at the RIBA had its odd moments, starting with the caption emblazoned on the big screen announcing Rem Koolhaas as the 'Royal Gold Medalist' (sic). Even for Rem, it is spelt medallist. Farshid Moussavi read a nicely judged homage/citation ('unbelievably accurate', said Rem), pronounced 'indefatigable'with complete aplomb, and hardly anyone except Astragal noticed she described Rem not as 'tireless', but 'tiresome'.

Perhaps 'some is more'. Alejandro Zaera-Polo conducted a conversation with the Great Man which was fascinating and revealing; AZP, having studied under and worked with Rem, came as close as anyone probably will to getting beneath the surface brilliance, articulate responses, witty one-liners and refusal to reveal much about the core of his beliefs and strategies. We can dismiss the notion of the heartless cynic, however: someone noticed during Rem's lunchtime lecture that the music currently on his laptop is (fashionably) The Darkness, with their 2003 hit, I Believe in a Thing Called Love.

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.