The Masterplan

Book presentation

Reinier de Graaf
The Masterplan

December 15 2021, 6.00pm

OMA Partner Reinier de Graaf, in conversation with architecture critic Joseph Grima, presents his latest book ‘The Masterplan’ – a novel about an architect and his Icarus flight to fame.

What perspectives are left when architecture is reduced to a tool for real estate investors? What is the relevance of a profession whose work increasingly exists to make others money? What are the options for an aspiring architect when presented with a commission too good to be true?
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.

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Cover: The Masterplan

The Masterplan is published by Archis. It is the first work of fiction by Reinier de Graaf, the author of Four Walls and a Roof: The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession (Harvard University Press, 2017).

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