The Edifice Complex: How the Rich and Powerful Shape the World

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Allen Lane, 2005 - Architecture - 345 pages
An exploration of the intimate and inextricable relationship between architecture, power, money and politics in the twentieth century. How and why have presidents, prime ministers, mayors, millionaires and bishops come to share such a fascination with architecture? 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 aspirations and the motivations of the rich and powerful across the world - and on the political nature of contemporary culture.

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User Review  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

Extremely interesting premise - architecture as expression of and means of demonstrating power. Analyzes a wide range of colorful, megalomaniacal figures. I had to refer to google to find pictures of some of the relevant buildings, but aside from that, a very well-done book. Read full review

THE EDIFICE COMPLEX: How the Rich and Powerful Shape the World

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Acerbic examination of the relationships between despots, presidents and the super-rich, and the architects who vie for their commissions.Observer architecture critic Sudjic (John Pawson Works, 2000 ... Read full review

Contents

Why We Build
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z The Long March to the Leaders Desk
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Landscapes of Power
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