40,000-page architecture book on show in London

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OMA architects will showcase 35 years of their writing in one single book, on display at London's Architectural Association.

Called OMA Book Machine, this marks the first retrospective of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, which was co-founded by writing architect, Rem Koolhaas.

The 'machine' contains hundreds of books and pamphlets, some of them influential in their field (S,M,L,XL; Exodus; Voluntary Prisoners of Architecture), others practically unknown, such as MoMA Charrette, which was specially made for the (lost) competition to expand New York's Museum of Modern Art in the late 1990s but was never released.

According to the organizers at the Architectural Association and the OMA, "Book Machine offers a hitherto unseen retrospective not only of a key architectural office of our time, but of architectural culture itself, which has long been defined by and circulated through books and the printed page - a medium that today is undergoing profound, even revolutionary, changes."

The exhibition will open May 8 and remain on show through June 4.

More information can be found online at http://www.aaschool.ac.uk.

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