The Resource Why we build : power and desire in architecture, Rowan Moore

Why we build : power and desire in architecture, Rowan Moore

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Why we build : power and desire in architecture
Title
Why we build
Title remainder
power and desire in architecture
Statement of responsibility
Rowan Moore
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Language
eng
Summary
In an era of brash, expensive, provocative new buildings, a prominent critic argues that emotions such as hope, power, sex, and our changing relationship to the idea of home are the most powerful force behind architecture, yesterday and (especially) today. We are living in the most dramatic period in architectural history in more than half a century: a time when cityscapes are being redrawn on a yearly basis, architects are testing the very idea of what a building is, and whole cities are being invented overnight in exotic locales or here in the United States. Now, in a bold and wide-ranging new work, Rowan Moore former director of the Architecture Foundation, now the architecture critic for The Observer explores the reasons behind these changes in our built environment, and how they in turn are changing the way we live in the world. Taking as his starting point dramatic examples such as the High Line in New York City and the outrageous island experiment of Dubai, Moore then reaches far and wide: back in time to explore the Covent Garden brothels of eighteenth-century London and the fetishistic minimalism of Adolf Loos; across the world to assess a software magnate's grandiose mansion in Atlanta and Daniel Libeskind's failed design for the World Trade Center site; and finally to the deeply naturalistic work of Lina Bo Bardi, whom he celebrates as the most underrated architect of the modern era. -- book jacket
Cataloging source
BTCTA
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plans
Index
index present
LC call number
NA2543.S6
LC item number
M68 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Why we build : power and desire in architecture, Rowan Moore
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Why we build : power and desire in architecture, Rowan Moore
Publication
Copyright
Note
Originally published in Great Britain by Picador in 2013
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 371-377) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Desire shapes space, and space shapes desires -- The fixed and wandering home -- The true fake -- The inconstant horizon or notes on the erotic in architecture -- Power and freedom -- Form follows finance -- The rapacity of 'hope' -- Eternity is overrated -- Life, and the look of life -- Indispensable as bread
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Dimensions
24 cm.
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Extent
392 pages
Isbn
9780062277534
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, plans
System control number
(OCoLC)827260762

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