Everybody wanted to be Rem. Still they want to be Rem Koolhass. Being Rem Koolhass. Not so many want to be Zaha, not so many want to become Frank Gehry and who remembers Bernard Tschumi anyway? Nobody.
Rem is accessible. To copy Rem it's easy. Because there is no Rem, he can be anybody. He talked about junk space, and he's the first to introduce junk space as haut architecture. What is the CCTV if not a big, big bigness piece of junk?
I've never bought Rem. In fact I can say that SMLXL may have some of the best that has ever been written as a book in or on, or about architecture. Le Corbusier was a horrible writer, and maybe a horrible person too. Maybe Rem is only a horrible person. Nevertheless SMLXL was an influence while I was looking somewhere else. It was an influence for my generation, not for me, as I don't fit in my generation., but for others throughout the second half of the 90s it was capital; I did not care about the book, nor him , as to architecture I'm an idiot as most architects so I look only for pictures. SMLXL has nothing but bad pictures, horrible projects and some good texts. I stole the copy I own. I thought that I was not willing to pay Rem for such a brick. How you steal such a brick? That's another thing, and I'm not willing to say when, or where, and more important, how. That's my talent, and like Rem I do not share secrets.
I saw Rem a couple of times, I mean, the original one, the one that makes buildings, but mostly talks about his own buildings and architecture, not the other Rem who makes expensive shoes in china, for a penny in China, but expensive in London. I saw him talking about preservation, I saw him getting into a swamp, because he was getting into one as he's way of preserving is as arbitrary as arbitrary is his architecture, as arbitrary is to demolish complete parts of the old Beijing for just preserving something that looks like a pizza slice, just to say that he's preserving, that he's not so bad as one may think. I saw him, or heard him talking about Prada. Bernard Tschumi wears Prada from the tip to the toe. I met Bernard Tschumi once, all in Prada, Prada red scarf, Prada jacket, Prada trousers and Prada shoes ! I'm not joking. He extended his hand and said, hello, Bernard Tschumi. I don't know if I said my name, that to say, means nothing yet. Nothing then. And sure nothing, now.
Rem maybe has Prada clothes for free. I'm very much sure Bernard pays for his scarfs, Prada scarfs, I don't think that the ones that he had in the 70s were Prada. I think I'm sure they were not.
The Prada store in Soho is the less similar thing to the project he described, where it was almost clear that home boys were going to go here and there inside with their skates. The only home boy looking character to find there; it's the security guy, I remember how that 1.90 hundred kilo big guy, ask me to not seat in Rem's social space. I wanted to say to this individual that I heard Rem talking in Paris on how social and public that empty space in the store was, so free and social, but, I think that Rem was lying, and worse, he was lying to himself. I guess by now it can be pictured that nothing nor nobody is to be found there. It was forbidden to seat, nothing it's more dead in Soho that that store. It's good that around the corner one can visit Frank's. At least its funnier, but everybody wants to be Rem.
Sometimes or many times they don't look under Rem's mask. One may discover that there are good architects doing he's dirty work, and that's why some of his buildings are actually good. What is really bad, is when he gets into the swamp, but everybody do not want to copy what it's actually good, They just want to repeat what he says, the diagrams and rubbish in his now, very old book, that have made so much damage to architecture and architects and future architects. That's easy to copy. Architects don't like to read, nor to copy complicated things of people who talk not so much, that's why nobody wants to be Zaha, nobody wants to be Frank, they all want to be Rem. I don't. Never did.