An excellent exhibition of work and thinking from the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), a partnership who’s practice takes in architecture, urbanism, and cultural analysis.
Stupidly finally visited on the last day denying myself the opportunity to go again and again as it was delightfully dense with information and one of those shows where little details can catalyse your own thinking.
For instance, before I went this section of the site was called Notes and Sketches and I was trying to think how I was going to organise my ‘finished’ work, in lots of different media, in other sections of the site – it was looking like it could get messy. At some point, as I was walking round, I realised that whatever form work takes it is an outcome and the collection of notes, sketches, ideas and what have you are the process that leads to them. Two reasonably neat boxes, like inputs and outputs (the reason I’d picked a British Indian Ocean Territory TLD for the site). Also I’m rather fond of the book Process; A Tomato Project – everything with me seems to have a back story, but I digress – simpler (even if it is a veneer on complexity) is always better.
The exhibition starts with a Philip K. Dick quote from a speech he gave in 1978 entitled How to Build a Universe That Doesn’t Fall Apart Two Days Later – the passage beginning ‘It is my job to create universes…’ to the end of the paragraph. This sort of start always bodes well in my opinion.
So, below are my notes from the exhibition. I’ve put transcripts in the alt tags so if you turn off images in your browser or view the source code the scrawl will become clearer, if you feel it needs to be.