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Scholarship of Design
A Multimedia Panopticon
Whitten Overby
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This essay argues that S,M,L,XL is a digital multimedia architectural project that sought to redefine the relationship between architecture and various other media on the cusp of architectural culture’s widespread digitization. It uses one design included within the text, OMA’s proposed renovations for the Panoptic Prison in Arnhem, the Netherlands, to analyze how Rem Koolhaas and his firm synthesize a wide range of media to create and theorize their own conception of modern architectural history as a fantastical state of imprisonment. Read the full article at Taylor & Francis.