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

by Deyan Sudjic

Hardcover, 2005




New York : Penguin Press, 2005.


"Drawing on twenty years' thinking about and looking at buildings, on constant travel around the globe and an unsurpassed knowledge of the major figures in contemporary architecture, Sudjic examines the greatest and most disastrous edifices that humankind has produced, and why they were built."--BOOK JACKET.

User reviews

LibraryThing member jftouma
Well written & entertaining, even for those not architecturally inclined. It is fun to look up the different buildings and projects in Google Images and see what Deyan Sudjik is talking about. He travels around the world and in different regimes to illustrate the not so subtle relationship between architecture and power.
LibraryThing member HadriantheBlind
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.



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