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1. Architecture\u2014Philosophy. 2. Architectural practice. I. Title.
of its writing, people have often asked, \u201cWhat is it about, Jeremy?\u201d
\u201cShort or long?\u201d I ask.
\u201cThe elevator pitch, between \ufb02oors.\u201d
So, getting in on the ground \ufb02 oor, I say: \u201cIt is based on two premises. First, architecture is a dependent discipline. Second, architecture, as profes- sion and practice, does everything to resist that very dependency. The book explores that resistance.\u201d
\u201cI mean,\u201d looking at the indicator clicking from 1 to 2, \u201cthat architecture at every stage of its existence\u2014from design through construction to occu- pation\u2014is bu=eted by external forces. Other people, circumstances, and events intervene to upset the architect\u2019s best- laid plans. These forces are, to a greater or lesser extent, beyond the direct control of the architect. Archi- tecture is thus shaped more by external conditions than by the internal pro- cesses of the architect. Architecture is de\ufb01 ned by its very contingency, by its very uncertainty in the face of these outside forces.\u201d
\u201cNo big idea, but maybe a big problem, namely architects tend to deny this dependency. They feel more comfortable in a world of certain predic- tions, in linear method, in the pursuit of perfection.\u201d
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