The Edifice Complex

The Edifice Complex : How the Rich and Powerful--And Their Architects--Shape the World

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A provocative look at architecture-"exceptionally intelligent and original" (Jonathan Yardley, "The Washington Post Book World")
Deyan Sudjic-"probably the most influential figure in architecture you've never heard of" - argues that architecture, far from being auteur art, must be understood as a naked expression of power. From the grandiose projects of Stalin and Hitler to the "theme park" excess of today's presidential libraries, Sudjic goes behind the scenes of history's great manipulators of building propaganda-and exposes Rem Koolhaas, Frank Gehry, and other architects in a disturbing new light. This controversial book is essential reading for all those interested in the power of architecture-or the architecture of power.
* A "Washington Post Book World" Best Book of the Year
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Product details

  • Paperback | 403 pages
  • 139.7 x 213.4 x 25.4mm | 362.88g
  • Penguin Books
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 014303801X
  • 9780143038016
  • 511,919

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Sudjic grasps what too many critics miss. ("San Francisco Chronicle")
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About Deyan Sudjic

Deyan Sudjic is the architecture critic of the "Observer" in London. The author of many previous books on architecture, he was the editor of the Italian magazine "Domus" and director of the Venice Architecture Biennale.
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