1978 competition for the Dutch Parliament Extension | Socks Studio
The surrealist theorem of the Cadavre Exquis was studied and applied by Rem Koolhaas since the beginning of his architectural practice. In a later variation it allowed different members of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture to work separately on different parts of a project and assemble them only later through group sessions.
This working method suited particolarly well the demands of the 1978 competition for the Dutch Parliament Extension in the Binnenhof complex (at the heart of The Hague), allowing the team (at the time composed by Koolhaas, Elia Zenghelis and a freshly graduated Zaha Hadid) to interpret and stress the caothic historical development of the area.
The Binnenhof complex went through an uninterrupted process of architectural and programmatic trasformations, leading to a final condition in which incoherent stratifications and abrupt solutions cohexisted.
Wadi us-Salaam, which literally means the Valley of Peace, is an Islamic cemetery located in the holy city of Najaf, Iraq. The cemetery covers an area of 1485.5 acres and contains millions of bodies, making it one of the strongest contender for the title of the largest graveyard on earth. Najaf itself is one of Iraq’s biggest cities, with a population of nearly 600,000. But the adjoining city of the dead holds the remains of millions, stretching for up to 10km along the valley. Wadi Al-Salam cemetery is also the only cemetery in the world where the process of burial is still continuing to day since more than 1,400 years.
Multiple otherworldly, haunting and surreal abandoned architectonic monuments stand today like ancient Roman ruins in former Yugoslavia. They have been strikingly captured via the lens of Belgian photographerJan Kempenaers. This photo collection, Spomenik: The End of History, is available for purchase as a picture book from Roma Publications.
Kempenaers’ monumental photo subjects were erected in the 1960s and 1970s by the former communist regime under the direction of Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito(1953–1980). These futuristic structures were to commemorate sites where WWII battles occurred as a bold exhibit of the pride and strength of the country. The memorials represent a collaboration between architects and sculptors. In stark contrast to today, these monuments once drew millions of visitors per year; but with the dissolution of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s, they were sadly abandoned.