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    Why We Build: Power and Desire in Architecture (Hardback) By (author) Rowan Moore


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    DescriptionIn an era of brash, expensive, provocative new buildings, a prominent critic argues that emotions--hope, power, sex, our changing relationship to the idea of home--are the most powerful force behind architecture, yesterday and (especially) today.We are living in one of the most dramatic periods in modern architectural history: a time when cityscapes are being redrawn on a yearly basis, architects are testing the very idea of what a building is, and whole cities are being invented overnight, both here in the United States and in exotic locations around the world.In this bold and wide-ranging new work, Rowan Moore--former director of the Architecture Foundation, now a leading architecture critic--explores the reasons behind these changes in our built environment, and how they in turn are changing the way we live in the world. Taking as his starting point dramatic examples such as the High Line in New York City and the outrageous island experiment of Dubai, Moore then reaches far and wide: back in time to explore the Covent Garden brothels of eighteenth-century London and the fetishistic minimalism of Adolf Loos; across the world to assess a software magnate's grandiose mansion in Atlanta and Daniel Libeskind's failed design for the World Trade Center site; and finally to the deeply naturalistic work of Lina Bo Bardi, whom he celebrates as the most underrated architect of the modern era.Provocative and personal, iconoclastic and transforming, Why We Build is that rarest of things: a book about architecture that is also, on every page, a book about people--those chosen few who design buildings, and the rest of us, who use them every day.

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    Why We Build
    Power and Desire in Architecture
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Rowan Moore
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 392
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 567 g
    ISBN 13: 9780062277534
    ISBN 10: 0062277537

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ARC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.5
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJ
    BIC subject category V2: HBLW
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/20CNTY
    BIC subject category V2: AMVD
    B&T General Subject: 130
    Ingram Subject Code: AR
    Libri: I-AR
    Ingram Theme: DEMO/URBAN
    BIC subject category V2: AMX
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15850
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037070, ARC005000, ARC005080, ARC010000
    B&T Approval Code: A05400000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A05070000
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    DC22: 720.1/03
    LC classification: NA2543.S6 M68 2013
    Thema V1.0: NHB, AMX, AMVD
    Illustrations note
    black & white halftones
    Harper Design
    Imprint name
    Harper Design
    Publication date
    20 August 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    "[A] lively, wide-ranging and thought-provoking new book . . . . Devastatingly funny if deeply disturbing. . . . No other newspaper architecture critic [is] as sharp an assessor of the built environment as Moore."--"New York Review of Books"