October 2, 2017 - OMA - Four Walls and a Roof: The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession
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October 2, 2017
October 2, 2017

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Cover by Harvard University Press. Photo: Adrienne Norman.

Four Walls and a Roof: The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession
By OMA Partner Reinier de Graaf

Book launch: October 6, 8–10pm

Pakhuis de Zwijger
Piet Heinkade 179
1019 HC Amsterdam
Netherlands

www.hup.harvard.edu
dezwijger.nl
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Four Walls and a Roof: The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession
By OMA Partner Reinier de Graaf

Book launch: October 6, 8–10pm

Pakhuis de Zwijger
Piet Heinkade 179
1019 HC Amsterdam
Netherlands

www.hup.harvard.edu
dezwijger.nl
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OMA is pleased to announce the release of partner Reinier de Graaf’s book Four Walls and a Roof: The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession, published by Harvard University Press. Consisting of a collection of essays, the book brings together Reinier de Graaf’s thoughts about architecture in the 21st century as well as accounts of some his own tragicomic experiences in the field.

Reinier de Graaf reveals the world of contemporary architecture in vivid snapshots: from suburban New York to the rubble of northern Iraq, from the corridors of wealth in London, Moscow, and Dubai to garbage-strewn wastelands that represent the demolished hopes of postwar social housing. We meet oligarchs determined to translate ambitions into concrete and steel, developers for whom architecture is mere investment, and the layers of politicians, bureaucrats, consultants, and mysterious hangers-on who lie between any architectural idea and the chance of its execution.

Four Walls and a Roof tells the story of a profession buffeted by external forces that determine—at least as much as individual inspiration—what architects design. Perhaps the most important myth debunked is success itself. To achieve anything, architects must serve the powers they strive to critique, finding themselves in a perpetual conflict of interest. Together, architects, developers, politicians, and consultants form an improvised world of contest and compromise that none alone can control.

The launch for Four Walls and a Roof takes place on Friday, October 6 in Amsterdam at Pakhuis de Zwijger at 8pm.

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