Elements by Rem Koolhaas

Every now and then a book comes along that must be added to the collection of every architect. Rem Koolhaas's Elements is one such book.

Koolhaas has created a book that is informative and collectible. Elements returns to the basics of architecture, the things that make up our buildings: walls, floors, doors, windows, ceilings, corridors, fa├žades, roofs, balconies, fireplaces, toilets, stairs, ramps, escalators, and elevators. Each of the fifteen items is covered in its own paperback volume. The series of books comes from Koolhaas's exhibit at the 2014 Venice Biennale, in which each room of the exhibit focused on one of the elements.

In typical Koolhaas form, each book has a wonderful graphic appeal, includes commentary from a wide range of contributors, and has lots of great photos and diagrams to accompany the text. In addition, Koolhaas cites many pop culture references when describing the history of the elements.

We think this will become a collector's item and all architects and architecture students would love to have their own copy of this epic volume.

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