The Resource Four walls and a roof : the complex nature of a simple profession, Reinier de Graaf

Four walls and a roof : the complex nature of a simple profession, Reinier de Graaf

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Four walls and a roof : the complex nature of a simple profession
Title
Four walls and a roof
Title remainder
the complex nature of a simple profession
Statement of responsibility
Reinier de Graaf
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Architecture, we like to believe, is an elevated art form that shapes the world as it pleases. Four Walls and a Roof challenges this notion, presenting a candid account of what it is really like to work as an architect, buffeted by external forces that make a mockery of any pretense to visionary authority. Reinier de Graaf draws on his own tragicomic experiences in the field to reveal the world of contemporary architecture in vivid snapshots. He takes us 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. He introduces us to histories of modern architecture that determine--at least as much as individual inspiration--what architects design. And he questions the hubris of those who believe they are the solution to the overwhelming problems of booming megacities. Perhaps the most important myth de Graaf debunks is success itself. To achieve anything, architects must serve the powers they strive to critique, finding themselves in a perpetual conflict of interest. Together, he shows, architects, developers, politicians, and consultants form an improvised world of conflict and compromise that none alone can control.--
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1964-
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Graaf, Reinier de
Dewey number
720
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
NA1995
LC item number
.G69 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Architectural practice
  • Architecture
  • Architectural practice
  • Architecture
Label
Four walls and a roof : the complex nature of a simple profession, Reinier de Graaf
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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volume
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
I. Authority: I will learn you architecture! -- More specifically, everything -- Let me finish! -- Four walls and a roof -- II. Default by design: Bloody fools! The story of Pimlico School, 1970-2010 -- Architektur ohne eigenschaften -- Neufert: The exceptional pursuit of the norm -- Reference without a source: The appeal of Atlanta Airport -- The inevitable box -- III. Found causes: Spaceship earth -- Mies en scene -- Intruders: How smart technology infiltrates architecture -- "Public" space -- From CIAM to cyberspace: Architecture and the community -- With the masses: The architecture of participation -- IV. Trial and error: Ex nihilo nihil fit: Part one -- London -- How is Denmark? -- Ex nihilo nihil fit: Part two -- Facing the facts -- Naukograd -- A Spanish tender -- On hold -- V. Powers that be: After the end of history -- The other truth -- Socialist in content, realist in form -- The descendant: A conversation with Xenia Adjoubei, Nikita Khrushchev's great-granddaugher -- Undesirable work styles -- A benevolent dictator with taste -- Royal approval -- His architect -- A property developer for president -- VI. Megalopoli(tic)s: A Faustian bargain -- Amanha -- Smart cities of the future -- The sum of all -isms -- Dear Mr. Barber -- At your service: Ten steps to becoming a successful urban consultant -- Rankings -- VII. Progress: Coup de grace: Pruitt-Igoe revisited -- The century that never happened -- In memoriam: a photo essay -- The captive globe -- Remains of a brave new world
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 513 pages
Isbn
9780674976108
Lccn
2017010016
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 1599409
  • (OCoLC)980858505
  • 1558883
  • (OCoLC)ocn980858505
Label
Four walls and a roof : the complex nature of a simple profession, Reinier de Graaf
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
I. Authority: I will learn you architecture! -- More specifically, everything -- Let me finish! -- Four walls and a roof -- II. Default by design: Bloody fools! The story of Pimlico School, 1970-2010 -- Architektur ohne eigenschaften -- Neufert: The exceptional pursuit of the norm -- Reference without a source: The appeal of Atlanta Airport -- The inevitable box -- III. Found causes: Spaceship earth -- Mies en scene -- Intruders: How smart technology infiltrates architecture -- "Public" space -- From CIAM to cyberspace: Architecture and the community -- With the masses: The architecture of participation -- IV. Trial and error: Ex nihilo nihil fit: Part one -- London -- How is Denmark? -- Ex nihilo nihil fit: Part two -- Facing the facts -- Naukograd -- A Spanish tender -- On hold -- V. Powers that be: After the end of history -- The other truth -- Socialist in content, realist in form -- The descendant: A conversation with Xenia Adjoubei, Nikita Khrushchev's great-granddaugher -- Undesirable work styles -- A benevolent dictator with taste -- Royal approval -- His architect -- A property developer for president -- VI. Megalopoli(tic)s: A Faustian bargain -- Amanha -- Smart cities of the future -- The sum of all -isms -- Dear Mr. Barber -- At your service: Ten steps to becoming a successful urban consultant -- Rankings -- VII. Progress: Coup de grace: Pruitt-Igoe revisited -- The century that never happened -- In memoriam: a photo essay -- The captive globe -- Remains of a brave new world
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 513 pages
Isbn
9780674976108
Lccn
2017010016
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 1599409
  • (OCoLC)980858505
  • 1558883
  • (OCoLC)ocn980858505

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