Bernard Tschumi/ Parc de la Villette


Unlike other architects, Bernard Tschumi, the award-winning Swiss-French architect, has put different perspective on the idea of architecture. The notion that architecture is defined by space and form is widely known. However, he specified this concept by stating the importance that architecture is also about the action and event. He believed that there would be no architecture without events, actions or activity. This has accounted for significant part of his work, where the events and movements of living things should be considered in the form of architecture. Addressing this belief into his buildings, Bernard said “I would like people in general, and not only architects, to understand that architecture is not only what it looks like, but also what happens in it.”

In 1983, he won the international competition by constructing Parc de la Villette. Since Tschumi’s idea in this building was based on activity, it was possible for him to combine the idea of movement and events in the definition of architecture.

Therefore, Tschumi has made unprecedented definition of architecture, and it affected other architects by changing their limited view of buildings.


  1. “Bernard Tschumi’s Architecture Is Not Just About Space And Form But Also The Events Happening Inside”, Forbes

  2. “History of Bernard Tschumi architects”, Tschumi

Rem Koolhaas/OMA


Rem Koolhaas and his architecture firm OMA might easily have been two separate entries in our Hot List (his consultancy AMO could have been a third, but didn’t get enough search traffic to make the cut).

This year the Dutch sage made the news more than his office, with his pronouncements on the death of Zaha Hadid, the UK’s Brexit vote and the architecture profession’s communication problems proving more popular than OMA’s architecture.

In fact, of the five most popular Dezeen stories about Koolhaas and OMA over the year, only one of them is a building: our 2012 post about the firm’s cinema pavilion for music artist Kanye West.

That perhaps highlights the fact that, despite its high profile, OMA didn’t really complete any significant buildings during the year (the striking, gold-leafed Fondazione Prada in Milan opened in May 2015).

Instead our readers were more interested in what Koolhaas had to say on the issues of the day.

Most popular of all was our exclusive interview with the 71-year-old on the legacy of his longstanding friend Zaha Hadid. Speaking just after she died, Koolhaas paid warm tribute to Hadid and also shared his views on what he thought she had contributed to architecture.

“I see her work not necessarily as an exciting form of Western architecture and a development of Western architecture, but really something fundamentally different,” he said. “That is what I think may be her biggest achievement.”

Interestingly the second-most popular post about Rem was another tribute, this time to young Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, whose work he described as “a fully fledged new typology”.

By lavishing such praise on fellow architects – who incidentally occupy the two top spots in our Hot List – Koolhaas this year earned his place in our list for being architecture’s reflective elder statesman, rather than one of its most iconoclastic practitioners.

Top posts:

1. Zaha Hadid was a combination of beauty and strength, says Rem Koolhaas

2. Bjarke Ingels embodies “fully fledged new typology in architecture” says Rem Koolhaas

3. Brexit campaigners are fighting for an England that doesn’t exist, says Rem Koolhaas

4. Zaha Hadid Architects should follow example of McQueen, says Rem Koolhaas

5. Seven-screen pavilion by OMA for Kanye West

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