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Four Walls and a Roof : The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession (Hardcover) (Reinier de Graaf)

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On his first job, de Graaf, as a newly minted architect, found that practice appeared to have absolutely nothing to do with study. While his education instilled him with near megalomaniacal ambition, it left him unprepared for the world in which to exercise it, rendering him both over- and under-qualified for his job. He offers, not without humor, 44 essays divided into seven parts, each of which addresses a myth that looms over the profession of architecture: its presumed authority; its reliance on individual inspiration; its commitment to good causes; its control of its own professional practices; its independence from external powers; its mastery of the large scale; its relenting devotion to progress. Last, but not least, he debunks the overriding myth of the architect as hero. Fast forward: Nearly 20 years into the twenty-first century he is searching for the twentieth: the architecture that once embodied social mobility now helps prevent it; modern architecture’s social mission—the effort to establish a decent standard of living for all—seems a thing of the past, despite ever-higher rates of poverty and homelessness, and large social housing estates are being demolished with ever-greater resolve. He provides the evidence in his photo essay, In Memoriam. Reality bites: Architects, clients, politicians and consultants create an embroiled world, which begs the question: who’s in charge? Forty-four chapters are divided into seven parts: authority; default by design; found causes; trial and error; powers that be; megalopoli(tic)s; progress. There are notes, chapters previously published, and illustrations. Annotation ©2018 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 513
Genre: Architecture, Political Science
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Harvard Univ Pr
Author: Reinier de Graaf
Language: English
Street Date: August 28, 2017
TCIN: 52737032
UPC: 9780674976108
Item Number (DPCI): 248-46-6442
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