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S M L Xl Rem Koolhaas.pdf

S M L XL Rem Koolhaas.pdf

S M L XL is a book by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and Canadian designer Bruce Mau, published in 1995 by The Monacelli Press. It is a collection of essays, projects, photographs, and diagrams that reflect the diverse and visionary work of Koolhaas and his firm OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) over 20 years. The book is arranged in order of size, from small to extra-large, and covers topics such as urbanism, architecture, culture, politics, and media. The book is considered a landmark in architectural theory and practice, as well as a manifesto for the contemporary condition of the city and the world .

The book challenges the conventional boundaries and categories of architecture, and explores the complex and dynamic relationships between form, function, context, and content. Koolhaas and Mau use diagrams as a tool to communicate their ideas and concepts, often in a provocative and playful way. The book also features a variety of projects by OMA, ranging from small-scale interventions to large-scale masterplans, such as the Euralille in France, the Zeebrugge Sea Terminal in Belgium, the Kunsthal in Rotterdam, the Grand Palais in Paris, the ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, the Bibliothèque de France in Paris, the CCTV Headquarters in Beijing, and the S,M,L,XL House in Tokyo .


The book is not only a showcase of OMA's work, but also a reflection of Koolhaas's critical and visionary thinking on architecture and urbanism. He introduces concepts such as "Bigness", "Generic City", "Junkspace", "Singapore Songlines", and "Exodus", which challenge the assumptions and conventions of the architectural discourse. He also analyzes the effects of globalization, market economy, media, technology, and culture on the contemporary city and society. He argues that architecture should embrace the complexity and diversity of the world, rather than impose a predefined order or typology .

S M L XL Rem Koolhaas.pdf is a digital version of the original book, which can be accessed online or downloaded for free. It is a valuable resource for anyone interested in architecture, urbanism, design, or culture. It is also a source of inspiration and provocation for anyone who wants to rethink the role and potential of architecture in the 21st century.


  • [1] S,M,L,XL - OMA

  • [2] S,M,L,XL - Rem Koolhaas, Bruce Mau - Google Books

  • [3] S M L XL Koolhaas - [PDF Document]

  • [4] S,M,L,XL: 現代都市をめぐるエッセイ

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