How Much Does Your Conscience Weigh, Mr Koolhaas?

Screen capture of BBC report

Mr. Koolhaas, you designed a daring and ambitious building for CCTV, China’s state-controlled television broadcaster. But it is from this building that supposed “confessions” by imprisoned Chinese journalists are being broadcast these days. What do you make of that? Would you say your design is performing as well as initially hoped (and hyped)? Are you still optimistic that the “chain of interdependence” built into CCTV’s architecture will, as you wrote, “[promote] solidarity rather than isolation, collaboration instead of opposition”*?

*OMA/Rem Koolhaas: Content (Köln: Taschen, 2004) p. 489

About Rafael Gomez-Moriana

I am an architect, writer and educator. rafagomo.com chronicles my architectural making, writing, teaching and curating activity, while criticalista.com is an archive of my writings as well as a platform for venting personal rants and observations. I studied architecture at the University of Waterloo (Canada) and at the Berlage Institute (the Netherlands). I direct the University of Calgary’s architecture term-abroad program in Barcelona and teach at CIEE, and have previously taught in the Metropolis Masters Program in Architecture and Urban Culture as well as at Carleton University and the University of Manitoba.

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