Four Walls and a Roof: The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession

Four Walls and a Roof: The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession

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Architecture, we like to believe, is an elevated art form that shapes the world as it pleases. Four Walls and a Roof turns this fiction on its head, offering a candid account of what it's really like to work as an architect. Drawing on his own tragicomic experiences in the field, Reinier de Graaf reveals the world of contemporary architecture in vivid snapshots: from the corridors of wealth in London, Moscow, and Dubai to the demolished hopes of postwar social housing in New York and St. Louis. We meet ambitious oligarchs, developers for whom architecture is nothing more than an investment, and layers of bureaucrats, consultants, and mysterious hangers-on who lie between any architect's idea and the chance of its execution.

  

Editors: Reinier de Graaf

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Format: Paperback

Pages: 528

ISBN: 9780674241466

Publication Date: October 2019