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The Edifice Complex The Architecture of Power by Deyan Sudjic
  

The Edifice Complex The Architecture of Power

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The Edifice Complex The Architecture of Power by Deyan Sudjic

Deyan Sudjic's The Edifice Complex: The Architecture of Power is a fascinating exploration of the language of architecture as an insight into the psychology of power, from tyrants to billionaires. Why do presidents and prime ministers, tycoons and tyrants share such a fascination with grand designs? Is it to impress or terrify, to wield state power, make a bid for immortality or just satisfy their egos? From Hitler's vast Chancellery to Saddam Hussein's Mother of all Battles mosque, from Olympic stadiums to Donald Trump's excesses, Deyan Sudjic examines the murky relationship between buildings, money and politics, revealing the power of architecture - and the architecture of power. 'A thrilling and passionately indignant trawl through vanity's most polluted depths' The Times 'An often frightening, sometimes hilarious set of stories of brutality, absurdity and occasionally beauty' Evening Standar 'Punchily written ...deftly amusing ...a closely argued, brilliantly marshalled, important book' Daily Mail 'Informed, lively and intelligent ...an asylum of power-mad politicians and Croesus-rich patrons' New Statesman 'By turns funny, acidic, penetrating and provocative ...as compelling a read as a popular novel' Norman Foster Director of the Design Museum, Deyan Sudjic was born in London of Yugoslav parents. He is a former architecture critic for the Observer, and a visiting professor at the Royal College of Art. Sudjic was Director of the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2002 and is author of The Edifice Complex, the much-praised 100-Miles City, the best-selling Architecture Pack, The Language of Things and monographs on John Pawson, Ron Arad and Richard Rogers.

Reviews

Astonishing ... a thrilling and passionately indignant trawl through vanity's most polluted depths -- Jonathan Meades Times Punchily written ... deftly amusing ... a closely argued, brilliantly marshalled, important book -- Tom Rosenthal Daily Mail Full of fascinating fact and smart observation ... clever, stimulating and thoughtful -- Stephen Bayley Observer Essential reading for anyone who cares about the physical world around them -- Amanda Levete Independent As compelling a read as a popular novel ... it is as though the worlds of academe and the gossip column collide ... funny, acidic, penetrating and provocative -- Norman Foster Royal Academy Magazine


About the Author

Deyan Sudjic is Director of the Design Museum. He was born in London, and studied architecture in Edinburgh. He has worked as a critic for the Observer and The Sunday Times, as the editor of Domus in Milan, as the director of the Venice Architecture Biennale, and as a curator in Glasgow, Istanbul and Copenhagen. He is the author of B is for Bauhaus, The Language of Things and The Edifice Complex.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st April 2011

Author

Deyan Sudjic

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Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
464 pages

Categories

Architecture
History of art & design styles: from c 1900 -

ISBN

9780241952771

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