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2004.03.13 12:30
Re: koolhaas on charlie
Is it true that Koolhaas on Charlie Rose the other night referred to his new book Content as "disposable like a magazine" or words to that effect?
I ask because on 26 June 2002 I wrote here at design-l:
Koolhaas et al's study of shopping is nothing revolutionary as much as it is more and more hype over shopping. (NewsHours coverage is for sure a furthering of the hype.)
What the world really needs is a study on Trash, the 'art' of disposal, an analysis of all that we humans today throw away, including large parts of cities!
After having the Koolhaas et al study on Shopping since it became available, I wish I never bought it. I should have waited till I could borrow it at the library. There is not much in it that I don't find disposable.


2004.03.14 10:58
Re: koolhaas on charlie
Museums and libraries, architectures as deliveries of content.


2004.03.14 15:30
Re: koolhaas on charlie
Also, books like Harvard School of Design Guide to Shopping and Koolhaas' latest Content would have been just as effective, if not more so, had they been published electronically. It is for this reason that I feel Koolhaas' own admission that Content is disposable is nothing less than an indictment of bad design from the very start. The irony is, too, that most books today are already composed electronically, thus then printing the material is more or less a step backwards.


2004.03.14 17:50
Re: koolhaas shopping
...your input regarding the traditional/linear format of books versus the digital/hypertext format of content is worthwhile. Google, as you note, is a 'perfect' rendition/design of content delivery, yet current web site design is, in my opinion, leaning too much toward fancy interface as show. I still like basic html for formatting of hyper-content (but perhaps that's just me because its easier).



2004.05.08 15:20 Dis: content
Received Content (the new Koolhaas book) in the mail a couple hours ago. Looked through the whole thing page by page once so far. After doing that I realized that Content inside looks exactly like i-D magazine of 20 years ago. The only difference is that i-D is still better at its delivery of content.
[i-D, the worldwide manual of style, a sort of 'underground' fashion magazine that started coming out of London October 1980, and is today more a mainstream, albeit still 'avant garde' fashion magazine.]
I still have my collection of i-Ds from the mid-1980s, and I'll keep on keeping them (especially since they are still so up to date). I doubt I'll still own Content 20 years from now, however.
[reenactment note 356.38976--remember how Koolhaas' delivery of Content essentially reenacts i-D's delivery of content 20 years ago. I wonder if Koolhaas even knows he was following the "manual of style"? I seriously doubt it. Just thought of a new working title: From Euphrates Cat To Copy Cat.]
The "Editor's letter' of Content by Brendan McGetrick suggests that "remaining at home [is] torturous," thus it is obvious the editor here doesn't know that remaining at home is the grand luxury of being virtually famous.

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