Presenting Al Manakh 2 at Columbia

On Al Manakh 2 – Rem Koolhaas, Todd Reisz, Mark Wigley from OMA on Vimeo.

In 2010, Mark Wigley, then dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation invited Rem Koolhaas and me to describe our 14-month project to publish our second volume for the Al Manakh project: Al Manakh 2: Gulf Continued. Kind of a strange vibe the whole evening, but I think it might be the only time I gave a comprehensive description of the project.

Koolhaas and I tried to make the point that this project wasn’t about research; more about journalism.

I was the editor of the book, working with three collaborating entities OMA/AMO, Volume Magazine, and Pink Tank. We worked with about 140 people in the Persian Gulf region and throughout the world to create the book.