Ever wondered which skateboard REM KOOLHAAS would use?

In 2001, with the ink barely dry on the Treaty of Nice, Rem Koolhaas made his proposal for a new European flag.  A dizzying, barcode-like compression of all the EU member states, its colorful design suggested an optimism and inclusiveness that was to be a symbol of Europe’s singular plurality. The flag itself could be modified at will in order to accommodate additional countries.

Untitled-1Koolhaas, the 69-year-old Pritzker Prize-winning architect from the Netherlands, echoed this hope in Europe Endless, our 11th issue of 032c . “From now on the EU will be bold, explicit, popular,” he stated in a 30-page fold-out spread designed by OMA and its independent think-tank AMO. Financial markets, protests, and euroskepticism aside, the aspiration still holds true.

Dutch skate company Dufarge seems to agree, having just released a limited edition deck printed with Koolhaas’s design, which was itself lifted and put to asphalt in Rotterdam, where it quickly became a favorite skate spot. “It’s big, beautiful, and makes you dizzy when skating across,” says the Dufarge team, suggesting an unusual collusion of politics, architecture, and the freedom of recreation on simple asphalt.

The “Rem’s Flag” board is a collaboration with Koolhaas’s OMA, and is produced in a limited edition of 80 boards, available via the Dufarge website.

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