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While most people use Twitter to share their often cringe-making daily-life triumphs with the rest of the world, Rem Koolhaas is a rather taciturn user of the service, with no more than twelve tweets in five years. He nevertheless boasts an impressive number of almost 50,000 followers, apparently eager to receive the next sliver of wisdom from Koolhaas' inner world.
Koolhaas has spoken his mind in impressively weighty tomes, but on Twitter he is less forthcoming, limiting himself to an occasional gnomic utterance like 'One of the positive outcomes of the economic crisis is a drop in the cost of materials + construction which gives new energy to projects' (July 2009), 'Itís as if we need the reassurance of Dubaiís demise to restore our own confidence' (March 2009) and 'Our obsession with heritage is creating an artificial re-engineered version of our memory' (May 2011). In their apodictic certainty these three tweets are vintage Koolhaas. One of the other tweets is a rare instance of self-promotion, about the Prada Transformer, an irregularly shaped four-sided pavilion that can be flipped over so that each side can become its floor: 'The interesting thing about this building is the acknowledgement of the Transformer as a dynamic organism, which arbitrarily fits program'. And another looks like an inscrutable haiku: 'Stunningly omnipresent masters make minced meat of memory'. The remaining six are surprisingly colloquial in tone and together they read like the transcript of an overheard phone conversation, although none of them appears to be a reply to any other tweet, so maybe they are just one half of an interior dialogue:
'People can inhabit anything. And they can be miserable in anything and ecstatic in anything. Architecture has nothing to do with it.í
'Of course, Iím not in a situation where I can say whether itís true or not.'
'Influence is a very unpleasant subject and I deal with it in a maybe irresponsible way, which is to really ignore it.'
'Once you're interested in how things evolve you have a kind of never-ending perspective because it means you're interested in articulating the evolution.'
'I don't want to simplify things and say I'm against them when they have a degree of inevitability.'
'Find optimism in the inevitable.'