Rem Koolhaas made waves with his Venice Biennale this summer, called “Fundamentals.” His complex, coordinated effort to oversee more of the festival than any curator before him surely made him a busy guy. But as the Biennale wanes, he has had more time to get out and do his normal things: be provocative and try to make sense of the crazy 21st-century cultural and architectural landscapes. He has made a few stops on this tour, and he sat down at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit in San Francisco in a very traditional American talk-show format to discuss some American phenomenons, most notably smart homes, smart cities, and the Apple campus in Cupertino, California. His comments on Apple’s HQ echo what many have said before him: that the scroll-wheel like building is divorced from its surroundings and context. But he had some more interesting ideas about what might come of a device-enabled urbanism, which is quickly gaining steam in the media and in the lab. Koolhaas thinks that these devices could really change the nature of architecture, the city, and cars. And he thinks it is happening without enough thought and input …  

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