Rem demands boycott
Koolhaas campaigns to overhaul star-studded design competitions after Gazprom HQ controversy
Rem Koolhaas has called on architectureâs superstars to join him in
a campaign to overhaul the competition system, which he has condemned
as âhideousâ and a drain on resources and influence.
spoke out following BDâs revelation that Norman Foster, Rafael ViÃ±oly
and Kisho Kurokawa walked off the jury that selected RMJM for the
Gazprom headquarters in St Petersburg (News December 8).
Koolhaas was also on the shortlist.
outburst, in an exclusive interview with BD, won enthusiastic backing
from Frank Duffy, founder of DEGW, who believes that the current system
encourages clients to appoint architects on the basis of a single
design rather than an ongoing relationship and shared vision.