Reinier de Graaf (partner at OMA) will give a lecture to coincide with his recently released book Four Walls and a Roof, drawing on his experience in the field of architecture both as a practitioner and an observer. Organised by NAi Booksellers.

19:30 – 20:30
also this evening

19.30 - 21.00 Thursday Night Live! Imagining Terror: Propaganda Art Today

Museum open until 21:00

The New Haberdashery open until 21:00


Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


Free, please register via Tickets

Four Walls and a Roof is a collection of essays grouped in seven sections that reflect on the myths commonly associated with the architecture profession: the architect’s authority, his or her reliance on individual inspiration, a commitment to good causes, control, independence from external powers, mastery of the large scale and, ultimately, progress.

The book brings together reflections on the current state of architecture as well as personal accounts of OMA’s projects. 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 post-war social housing. The evening will conclude with a book signing.

The book is published by Harvard University Press.

Thursday Night Live!

This launch is part of Thursday Night Live! In Het Nieuwe Instituut’s Thursday Night Live! programme thinkers, designers and makers from the Netherlands and abroad discuss urgent issues, innovative research and critical reflection related to architecture, design and digital culture. Why not grab a bite to eat with the speakers and staff of Het Nieuwe Instituut? Dinner vouchers are available for €7.50 up to a day before the particular Thursday Night event via the Tickets link at this page or at the bar this evening.