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And then, as if out of nowhere, everything built be-came HERITAGE. The regulation would be confirmed in writing shortly, but on the telephone the office clerk left no room for doubt. Every brick, every beam and pipe, every tile, faucet and roofline had to be preserved. THE SITUATION AS IT IS, WILL BE THE SITUATION AS IT IS. The administration chose a new approach: a radical shift from ambiguous—at times obscure—decisions, procedures and decrees to an era of HYPER-REGULATION. Startled, THE ARCHITECT hung up. He looked at the list of construction sites he planned on visiting that day, grabbed his car keys and camera, and left. He wondered if, later on, his wife and kids would still be in the living room where he heard them playing now. THE SITUATION AS IT IS is the story of an architect’s ring binders, an archive filled with negatives and scattered subjects. THE PHOTOGRAPHS try to tell a story of an existing condition*: this is the state things are in. Within these binders buildings are perpetually unfinished. The dog keeps barking. It’s our third birthday, again. Decades after they were exposed, these photographs appear to reveal the first traces of THE IMPASSE.