Rem Koolhaas  is a Dutch architect, architectural theorist, urbanist and Professor in Practice of Architecture and Urban Design at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Koolhaas is also the founding partner of OMA, and of its research-oriented counterpart, AMO, based in the Netherlands.

Koolhaas is one of the most important architectural thinkers and urbanists of his generation. Among many accolades, Koolhaas won the Pritzker Prize.  Time also placed Koolhaas in it’s top 100 list of The World’s Most Influential People in 2008.

The Future of Architecture

In a Zeitgest Minds video, Rem Koolhaas describes the future of the way we live using architecture as an example. He takes a look at the Reno-Tahoe region, saying its architecture is a model of what future architecture should be.

“In this region, there is a rapidly expanding assembly of enormous infrastructures for the digital age,” says Koolhaas. “Almost all of them contained in boxes but there is a true race to the biggest single building that can be imagined.”

“For architecture this could mean an interesting new dimension,” continues Koolhaas. “Most of these buildings are highly automated, so that means perhaps that architecture does not have to think too much about the human inhabitant.”

Koolhaas believes architecture defines the way we live. He says the future of architecture coincides with technology and he looks to architects in the Silicon Valley, Tahoe, and Reno for mirrors of what future architecture might be.

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