Sacred places have long exercised a special fascination. Sacred places are not static entities but reveal a historical dynamic. They are the result of cultural developments and have varied multidimensional levels of significance. They are places where time is, as it were, suspended, and they are points where holy times and holy places meet. Sacred places are places apart. It is this specificity in the context of the Christian religions of the West that Loci Sacri wishes to unveil by bringing together specialists from various disciplines, countries, and Christian denominations. One of the questions is why some sites have for centuries proven to be so popular while others have not. Another topic is the way in which extraordinary natural sites have been designated as sacred and given new meaning, primarily by means of architecture. Loci Sacri also explores the ‘eternal' character of this sacred status.
This book provides a clear insight into the role and significance of Rem Koolhaas and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture. Authors of international repute from beyond the province of architecture examine OMA's work in the light of social and economic developments.
The many facets of Koolhaas come under review: his take on architectural theory and the conceptual apparatus he employs, his vision of urbanism and the contemporary city, the designs put into practice by OMA and the research projects of the AMO think-tank, which exist outside the immediate boundaries of architecture.
This book paints an intelligent picture of the sheer range of OMA's architecture and of Koolhaas's seminal role in the architectural world.
Edited by Véronique Patteeuw
Essays by Aaron Betsky, Ian Buruma, H.J.A. Hofland, Okwui Enwezor, Neil Leach, Matthew Stadler, Bruce Sterling, Bart Verschaffel. Excerpts by Jean Attali, René Boomkens, Fredric Jameson, Fritz Neumeyer, Michael Sorkin, Anthony Vidler, Sarah Whiting.
NAi Publishers, Rotterdam, 2003