Reinier de Graaf: The Masterplan - online lecture

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19.05.2021 11:15

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Reinier de Graaf
Office for Metropolitan Architecture OMA

Live Book Talk ‘The Masterplan’ by Reinier de Graaf - May 26th 13.00 EST / 19.00 CET, in conversation with Mitesh Dixit as part of the Архитектонски факултет Скопје / Faculty of Architecture, UKIM Spring 2021 Dean's Lecture Series.
‘The Masterplan’ by Reinier de Graaf – an enthralling novel about an architect and his Icarus flight to fame.
When asked to design the capital of a young African republic, Rodrigo Tomás sees the opportunity of a lifetime. Eager to outshine his famous father he accepts, but he soon discovers that not all is what it seems…
Chronicling the trajectory of an architect craving recognition, The Masterplan delivers a fictional reconstruction of an architectural dream blown to dust by bigger forces. A personal story comes to reveal a larger story – of an emerging nation’s struggle with colonial residue, the growing Chinese influence in Africa and the fraught workings of a global real estate market. Caught in the crossfire, the architect must recognize that his choices have unexpected implications. Will there be time to adjust course?
The Masterplan is the first novel by architect Reinier de Graaf, the author of the critically acclaimed Four Walls and a Roof: The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession (Harvard University Press, 2017) – a collection of essays on contemporary architecture praised for its stylistic wit and honest portrayal of architecture’s entanglement in political and economic power structures.
Reinier de Graaf is a Dutch architect and writer. He is a partner in the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), where he leads projects in Europe, Russia and the Middle East. Reinier is the co-founder of OMA’s think-tank AMO and Sir Arthur Marshall Visiting Professor of Urban Design at the Department of Architecture of the University of Cambridge. He is the author of the 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.
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