Reinier de Graaf: “Architecture is in a State of Denial”

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ld/ldqvnx4kq7a4ajio.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ld/ldqvnx4kq7a4ajio.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ld/ldqvnx4kq7a4ajio.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ld/ldqvnx4kq7a4ajio.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>I never realised how nostalgic I am, until I started writing. An architect is not supposed to be nostalgic but forward-looking. But I&rsquo;m nostalgic for a time when mankind was a lot more forward-looking than it is today; for a gradual optimism about the future. That&rsquo;s the paradox.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In his book&nbsp;<a href="http://amzn.to/2xXG3j4" rel="nofollow" ><em>Four Walls and a Roof &ndash; The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession</em></a>, Reinier de Graaf paints an honest picture of what it is like to work as an architect today.&nbsp;<a href="http://oma.eu/partners/reinier-de-graaf" rel="nofollow" >De Graaf</a>, who is a partner at&nbsp;<a href="http://oma.eu/" rel="nofollow" >OMA</a>&nbsp;and director of AMO, the office&rsquo;s think tank, provides engaging stories about the banal, everyday reality of working for an acclaimed firm. These vivid, uncompromising narratives are contextualised with shrewd essays about architecture&rsquo;s lost ideals, its false pretentions, and utter dependence on forces far more powerful than design. We sat down to talk about housing and political <!--more--> his compromises, and his radical pursuit of the mundane.</p>         

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