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.