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The surrealist theorem of the Cadavre Exquis was studied and applied by Rem Koolhaas since the beginning of his architectural practice. In a later variation it allowed different members of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture to work separately on different parts of a project and assemble them only later through group sessions.
This working method suited particolarly well the demands of the 1978 competition for the Dutch Parliament Extension in the Binnenhof complex (at the heart of The Hague), allowing the team (at the time composed by Koolhaas, Elia Zenghelis and a freshly graduated Zaha Hadid) to interpret and stress the caothic historical development of the area.
The Binnenhof complex went through an uninterrupted process of architectural and programmatic trasformations, leading to a final condition in which incoherent stratifications and abrupt solutions cohexisted.
John Plato Vassocopoulos (23 Oct 1898 – 6 Dec 1985), born in Romania to Greek fathers, was obliged to left Istanbul (where he grew up) because the political cartoons he’d been producing for his father’s journal made him a target of the police.
After moving to the States and simplyfing his name to John Vassos, he studied arts in Boston and New York and in 1921 he opened his own practice, the New York Display Company. He obtained a growing success and was commissioned the illustrations for up to a dozen books, including Oscar Wilde’s Salomé, Contempo (1929), Ultimo (1930) and Phobia.
1931′s Phobia was created with the assistance of noted psychoanalyst Henry Stack Sullivan, after a friend of the illustrator had a nervous breakdown. The first lines of the book began with “I must began by apologizing. I am not a psychiatrist”. Yet, despite the unconventional depictions of man’s fear, the limited edition publication became a turning point in John Vassos career. He never published another book of illustrations, but his further years, spent doing works of graphic, industrial design and occasional artpieces, had a conceptual basis on that series of 24 plates.
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