ARCHITECTURE: REM KOOLHAAS: MAKING A SPLASH

REM KOOLHAAS SHOWS WHAT CAN HAPPEN WHEN A VISIONARY FINALLY GETS TO PUT UP A BUILDING OR TWO

ARCHITECTS GENERALLY ARE dour people. Since they're half professionals, half artists, neither side of them is ever entirely content. But Rem Koolhaas, the Dutch-born architect-prophet whom today's young architects most want to grow up to be, is smiling. He's thinking about the deep, vision-supporting pockets of his first American client, MCA-Universal, which has appointed him to oversee plans for most of a $3 billion expansion of Universal City in California. Why choose Koolhaas? "I think it's because of his grandfather," says Koolhaas of Edgar Bronfman Jr., grandson of the man who asked Mies van der Rohe to build New York City's...

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