John Dennys Memorial Lecture
Date: Friday 15 June 1990
John Dennys Memorial Lecture: John Dennys was involved with the AA over a period of 27 years - as a student, lecturer, member of Council, and President. On his death in 1973, a visiting lectureship was established to mark his interest in education.
Rem Koolhaas discusses recent projects and attempts to define aspects of his generation of architects. He hesitantly concludes that ‘in our profession the only contribution we can make to the domain of chaos is by taking our rightful place in the army fighting to avoid it . . . it is a contribution beyond our control’. For a profession which Koolhaas views as ‘still marooned in fantasies of omnipotence, however well disguised’ he understands that this is ‘a conclusion almost impossible to swallow.’ Rem Koolhaas is a former student and tutor at the AA and founder of OMA. He was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 2000.
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