Synopses & Reviews
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
Sudjic grasps what too many critics miss. (San Francisco Chronicle
A narrative analysis of the role played by the wealthy and powerful classes in architecture argues that architecture must be understood as an expression of power and propaganda rather than art, exploring a range of structures and large-scale building schemes commissioned by such figures as Hitler, Rockefeller, and Saddam Hussein as part of their efforts to wield control and shape national identity. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
From one of the world's premier architecture critics comes a groundbreaking dissection of how the colossal egos of the powerful and wealthy determine what actually gets built and the real reasons why people build.
About the Author
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.