S,M,L,XL (ISBN 1-885254-01-6) is a book by Rem Koolhaas and Bruce Mau, edited by Jennifer Sigler, with photography by Hans Werlemann. The book was first published by Monacelli Press in 1995 in New York and 010 Publishers in Rotterdam. This enormous, 1376-page-long book is a collection of essays, diary excerpts, travelogues, photographs, architectural plans, sketches, cartoons produced by Office for Metropolitan Architecture (O.M.A.) in the twenty years prior to publication. O.M.A. is a Rotterdam-based company founded by Koolhaas in 1975. The second edition (ISBN 3-8228-7743-3) was published in 1997, printed and bound in Italy, and has the name Rem Koolhaas printed in orange ink on the cover unlike the original which was printed in yellow. The third edition (ISBN 1-885254-86-5) was published in 1998, printed and bound in Italy, and has the name Rem Koolhaas printed in blue ink on the cover. The book weighs 6 pounds (2.7 kg).
S,M,L,XL presents a selection of the remarkable visionary design work produced by the Dutch firm Office for Metropolitan Architecture (O.M.A.) and its acclaimed founder, Rem Koolhaas, in its first twenty years, along with a variety of insightful, often poetic writings. The inventive collaboration between Koolhaas and designer Bruce Mau is a graphic overture that weaves together architectural projects, photos and sketches, diary excerpts, personal travelogues, fairy tales, and fables, as well as critical essays on contemporary architecture and society.
The book's title is also its framework: projects and essays are arranged according to scale. While Small and Medium address issues ranging from the domestic to the public, Large focuses on what Koolhaas calls "the architecture of Bigness." Extra-Large features projects at the urban scale, along with the important essay "What Ever Happened to Urbanism?" and other studies of the contemporary city. Running throughout the book is a "dictionary" of an adventurous new Koolhaasian language -- definitions, commentaries, and quotes from hundreds of literary, cultural, artistic, and architectural sources.
Remment Lucas "Rem" Koolhaas (Dutch pronunciation: [rɛm koːlɦaːs]; born 17 November 1944) 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 studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London and at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Koolhaas is the founding partner of OMA, and of its research-oriented counterpart AMO based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In 2005, he co-founded Volume Magazine together with Mark Wigley and Ole Bouman.
He is widely regarded as one of the most important architectural thinkers and urbanists of his generation. In 2000, Rem Koolhaas won the Pritzker Prize. In 2008, Time put him in their top 100 of The World's Most Influential People.
Bruce Mau (born October 25, 1959) is a Canadian designer. He started as a graphic designer but later focused on architecture, art, museums, film, eco-environmental design, and conceptual philosophy.
From 1985-2010, Mau was the creative director of Bruce Mau Design (BMD), and in 2003, he founded the Institute Without Boundaries in collaboration with the School of Design at George Brown College, Toronto. In 2010 Mau went on to co-found The Massive Change Network in Chicago with Bisi Williams.
In 2015, Freeman, a global provider of brand experiences, appointed him Chief Design Officer. Mau works with Freeman to drive innovation in the events industry.
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xxx Project Credits
0002 Exodus, or the Voluntary Prisoners of Architecture
AA Final Project, 1972
0022 Delirious New York
0046 Less is More
Installation for the 1986 Milan Triennale, Italy, 1985
0062 The House That Made Mies
0064 Dutch Section
House for Two Friends, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 1988
0080 ±13,000 Points
Nexus World Housing, Fukuoka, Japan, 1991
0088 Learning Japanese
0126 Worth a Detour
Renovation of Hotel Furka Blick, Switzerland, 1991
Villa Dall'Ava, St. Cloud, Paris, France, 1991
0194 Only 90°, Please
Video Bus Stop, Groningen, Netherlands, 1991
0198 Imagining Nothingness
0204 The Terrifying Beauty of the Twentieth Century
0212 Field Trip: (A)A Memoir
The Berlin Wall as Architecture, 1993
Renovation of a Panopticon Prison, Arnhem, Netherlands, 1979-81