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Rem Koolhaas speaks about fast approaching EU Referendum: Koolhaas opposes Brexit

Netherlands Architecture News - Jun 21, 2016 - 15:32   6003 views

Rem Koolhaas speaks about fast approaching EU Referendum: Koolhaas opposes Brexit

Most recently, world-renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas conducted a nonstop 12hr interview marathon with a list of exciting guests. Within a single night, 12 hours, 100 questions, Koolhaas & Van Middelaar will search for an answer to the complex question: what is Europe?, arguing the position of EU by emphasising that EU a good thing for his country and for the UK, where he began his architecture studies in the 1960s.

The upcoming EU Referendum will be held on Thursday, June 23, 2016. British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens over 18 who are resident in the UK, along with UK nationals living abroad will decide whether Britain should leave or remain in the European Union, which is now publicly known as 'Brexit'-merging the words Britain and exit to get Brexit, in a same way as a Greek exit from the EU was dubbed Grexit in the past.

Rem Koolhaas and with other well known architects, including David Chipperfield, Richard Rogers, David Adjaye and Thomas Heatherwick are against Britain leaving the EU. Regarding to Brexit, many actors, actress, activists and architects signed a letter, published in Telegraph two days ago, to remain in the EU explaining that if Britain leaves the EU, that would be a leap into the unknown for millions of people in the UK who work in the creative industries, and for the millions more at home and abroad who benefit from the vibrancy of Britain’s cultural sector. Many supporters expressed that being part of the EU bolsters upgrades Britain's leading role on the world stage.

Speaking to the BBC's interview, Koolhaas said that ''the Brexit camp was full of people who "fundamentally want to change England back to the way it was before" and lamented the way, as he sees it, the EU has been used as a scapegoat.''

"It is the nations and prime ministers that take the decisions, but because of this myth of Brussels, they are also able to blame Brussels for the decisions they took themselves," he said.....Continue Reading

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