Why We Build
Buildings are driven by human emotions and desires: hope, power, money, sex, and the idea of home.
In Why We Build Rowan Moore explores the making of buildings from conception to inhabitation, and reveals the paradoxical power of architecture: it looks fixed and solid, but is always changing in response to the lives around it.
Moving across the globe and through history, through works of folly, beauty, spectacle, and subtlety - the doomed mansion of an Atlanta multimillionaire, the phenomenally successful High Line in New York - Moore gives a provocative and iconoclastic view of what makes architecture, why it matters, and why we find it fascinating.
You will never look at a building in the same way again.
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Why We Build: Power and Desire in ArchitectureUser Review - John Creech - Book Verdict
Most recently the architecture critic for the Observer (London), Moore (Building Tate Modern: Herzog & De Meuron) leads the reader on an eclectic and far-ranging tour of the history of architecture ... Read full review