About Soulless cities
Interview with Architect Rem Koolhaas
The 67-year-old Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas walks and talks nonstop while touring Hamburg’s HafenCity. The German news magazine Spiegel invited Kohlhaas to take a look at Europe's biggest urban development project. In an interview Kohlhaas discusses soulless cities and the failings of Europe's largest urban redevelopment project.
“Koolhaas is controversial”, writes the Spiegel. “In July, Nicolai Ouroussoff, an architecture critic for the New York Times, wrote that his spectacular building for the Chinese state television network CCTV in Beijing, completed two years ago, "may be the greatest work of architecture built in this century." But Koolhaas has also been sharply criticized for helping a dictatorial country create its most powerful structural symbol.”
Picture Hamburg Hafen City © Boris Tylevich