The edifice complex : the architecture of power / Deyan Sudjic.

by Sudjic, DeyanLooking glass.

Publisher: London : Penguin, 2011.Description: 455 pages ; illustrations ; 19 cm.ISBN: 0241952778; 9780241952771.Subject(s): Architecture and fameLooking glass | Architecture -- Human factorsLooking glass | Architecture, Modern -- 20th centuryLooking glass | Power (Social sciences)Looking glass | PrestigeLooking glass | Public architectureLooking glass
Contents:
Why we build -- The long march to the leader's desk -- Landscapes of power -- The word in stone -- The architect who swept the floor -- Inventing a nation -- Identity in the age of uncertainty -- The uses of marble -- Ego unchained -- A tomb at the drive-in -- The uses of culture -- High-rise syndrome -- An incurable condition.
Note: Originally published: London: Allen Lane, 2005.Note: Includes bibliographical references and index. Summary: An analysis of the role played by the rich and powerful in architecture argues that architecture is an expression of authority rather than art, with examples from buildings commissioned by such figures as Hitler, Rockefeller, and Saddam Hussein.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

'A thrilling and passionately indignant trawl through vanity's most polluted depths'
THE TIMES

Why do presidents and prime ministers, tycoons and tyrants share such a fascination with grand designs? Is it to impress or terrify, to wield state power, make a bid for immortality or just satisfy their egos? From Hitler's vast Chancellery to Saddam Hussein's Mother of all Battles mosque, from Olympic stadiums to Donald Trump's excesses, Deyan Sudjic examines the murky relationship between buildings, money and politics, revealing the power of architecture - and the architecture of power.

'An often frightening, sometimes hilarious set of stories of brutality, absurdity and occasionally beauty'
EVENING STANDARD

'Punchily written . . . deftly amusing . . . a closely argued, brilliantly marshalled, important book'
DAILY MAIL

'Informed, lively and intelligent . . . an asylum of power-mad politicians and Croesus-rich patrons'
NEW STATESMAN

'By turns funny, acidic, penetrating and provocative ...... as compelling a read as a popular novel'
NORMAN FOSTER

'Ever wondered why totalitarianism and architectural excess go hand in hand? This book details modern architecture's frequent collusion with the bad guys'
WALLPAPER

Originally published: London: Allen Lane, 2005.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Why we build -- The long march to the leader's desk -- Landscapes of power -- The word in stone -- The architect who swept the floor -- Inventing a nation -- Identity in the age of uncertainty -- The uses of marble -- Ego unchained -- A tomb at the drive-in -- The uses of culture -- High-rise syndrome -- An incurable condition.

An analysis of the role played by the rich and powerful in architecture argues that architecture is an expression of authority rather than art, with examples from buildings commissioned by such figures as Hitler, Rockefeller, and Saddam Hussein.

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Deyan Sudjic is the director of the Design Museum. He was born in London, and studied architecture in Edinburgh. He has worked as a critic for the Observer and the Sunday Times , as the editor of Domus in Milan, as the director of the Venice architecture biennale, and as a curator in Glasgow, Istanbul and Copenhagen.

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