S,M,L,XL and Content / Melissa Bauld and Vivian Hsu


2010 Nov

OMA Publication Chart

This chart was compiled by two Princeton graduate students, Urtzi Grau and Daniel Lopez Perez, under the guidance of Beatriz Colomina. It shows the number of publications written by or about OMA from 1978 up to 2006. At the time, Colomina had to sift throught OMA “archives” which consisted of closets in the office that were in disarray. Since then, the firm has acknowledged the importance to rigoously reflect on the body of its publications. From May 7 to June 4, 2010, the Architectural Association had an exhibition appropriately called 'OMA Book Machine'. It was the first retrospective of OMA’s publications. The centrepiece of the show was a specially made 40,000-page book, binding together hundreds of OMA’s pamphlets and books made over 35 years of practice. By looking at Colomina’s book chart, it is clear that the firm has had an explosion of publication and production in recent years. Though prolific, the shear quantity negatively dilutes the body of work to an unmanageable sea of information. The ‘world’s biggest book’ produced for the show though impressive, is actually useless. Does editing the amount of production need to happen in order to make what matters, matter?


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