On Monday, July 25, AIGA Arizona and FilmBar, Phoenix's newest independent theatre, are teaming up to present Rem Koolhaas: A Kind of Architect.
The 97 minute documentary is an engaging portrait of a visionary man, which takes us to the heart of his ideas. The filmmakers have made a visually inventive thought provoking portrait of the architect, prompting Rem Koolhaas to state "it's the only film about me that I have liked."
Koolhaas' work is as much about ideas as it is about constructing buildings; he is equally celebrated as a writer and social commentator, his 1978 publication Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan is heralded as seminal text on modern society. For Koolhaas what is essential is not to create individual masterpieces, but to provoke and excite through the wide range of his activities.
His outstanding creations such as the Dutch Embassy in Berlin, the Seattle Library, the Casa da Musica concert hall in Porto, and the Guggenheim Heritage Museum in Las Vegas are working examples of the Dutchman's visionary theories about architecture and urban society and his work has received notable recognition. In 2008, Koolhaas was named in Time Magazine's Top 100 World's Most Influential People.
Film tickets are only $5 at the door. FilmBar offers a number of libations and appetizers prior to the film showing. Get there before 7 pm to take advantage of happy hour. The film begins at 8pm.