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

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

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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