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The Edifice Complex
  • Published: 27 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9780141969213
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 464
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The Edifice Complex

The architecture of power



'As compelling a read as a popular novel ... funny, acidic, penetrating and provocative' Norman Foster

The Edifice Complex explores the intimate and inextricable relationship between power, money and architecture in the twentieth century. How and why have presidents, prime ministers, mayors, millionaires and bishops come to share such a fascination with grand designs? From Blair to Mitterrand, from Hitler to Stalin to Saddam Hussein, architecture has become an end in itself, as well as a means to an end. This is a book of genuine timeliness, throwing new light on the motivations of the rich and powerful around the world - and on the ways they seek to affect us.

  • Published: 27 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9780141969213
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 464
Categories:

About the author

Deyan Sudjic

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 theObserver 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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Praise for The Edifice Complex

Astonishing ... a thrilling and passionately indignant trawl through vanity's most polluted depths

Jonathan Meades, Times

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

Tom Rosenthal, Daily Mail

Full of fascinating fact and smart observation ... clever, stimulating and thoughtful

Stephen Bayley, Observer

Essential reading for anyone who cares about the physical world around them

Amanda Levete, Independent

As compelling a read as a popular novel ... it is as though the worlds of academe and the gossip column collide ... funny, acidic, penetrating and provocative

Norman Foster, Royal Academy Magazine

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