Reinier de Graaf: Four Walls and a Roof Book Signing

On June 14th OMA's Reinier de Graaf, author of Four Walls and a Roof will be signing copies of his new book at reSITE 2018 ACCOMMODATE

"Once buildings are identified as a means of return, modern architecture’s economy of means is no longer a way to reach the largest number of people but a way to maximize profits" - Reinier de Graaf

Dutch architect, writer & partner at OMA, Reinier de Graaf will host a book signing at reSITE2018 ACCOMMODATE following the release of his acclaimed book "Four Walls and a Roof: The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession" named best books of 2017 by both the Financial Times and The Guardian.

Reinier is a partner in the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), where he leads projects in Europe, Russia and the Middle East. He is also a co-founder of OMA’s think tank AMO and a visiting professor in Architecture and Urban Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Can a house be beautiful simply because of what we know, not because of what we see?
Reinier de Graaf, Author & OMA Founding Partner

About the Book

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.

Drawing on 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.

Related Stories

Best 30 min of your week: Monocle 24 The Urbanist

It's clear, we're not here to think small. We're rethinking an urban landscape, and more importantly, an attitude. We're here to recreate. We're here to grow. Or put it simply, to REGENERATE.

reSITE 2019 REGENERATE: Human Creativity is the Ultimate Renewable Energy 

In its most diverse edition yet, REGENERATE hosted a rich and interdisciplinary conversation about the future of life in cities, attracting twelve hundred participants from 25 countries to 3 stages, side events and parties.

Elizabeth Diller + reSITE Meet Again in Prague

reSITE is excited to announce that Elizabeth Diller, co-founder of Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS + R) accepted our invitation to give a keynote lecture at the SAR (at The Association for Architecture and Development Summit in the Czech Republic) event on Thursday, September 26th, 2019 in Prague's Art-Nouveau jewel, Obecní dům (the Municipal House).

Let's REGENERATE our Future Cities at reSITE 2019

reSITE 2019 REGENERATE brings a global community of city-makers to Prague full of eagerness to inspire to create an impact on the future of our cities this September 19-20

Related Talks

My City Your City: Berlin

reSITE Berlin Salon in partnership with Airbnb draws a full house

Paris Reinvents Itself

Rising star of Czech TV journalism Linda Bartosova moderated the keynote discussion of Jean-Louis Missika, Deputy Mayor of Paris, at reSITE In/visible City conference.

Janette Sadik-Khan | Making New York City Sustainable

Keynote lecture by Janette Sadik-Khan, former Commissioner of the Department of Transportation, The City of New York, at reSITE 2012 conference.

How to Design Future-Proof Cities?

Caroline Bos, a Dutch urban planner and the co-founder of Amsterdam-based architectural design network UNStudio, explains about designing resilient cities.

Stories Library