by Joe, May 25, 2005 12:38 PM
A 544-page "magazine" from the OMA architecture firm, led by Rem Koolhaas, Content aims to examine the instability of the new century through discussions of some of its most distinctive aspects, notably: the population explosion of "urban cores," especially in Asia, and the movement of intellectual and market capital from West to East. Content centers itself on the theme "Go East" and is arranged by geographical proximity, traveling eastward from San Francisco to Tokyo. It's jam-packed with cutting-edge thinking on contemporary social trends, politics, space, and the environment, and the relationships between them all. Intentionally discomforting, this book integrates so many vital ideas and images that it has become a regular reference source for me — sometimes overwhelming, but always challenging and fresh.