Author(s): Deyan Sudjic
"The Edifice Complex" explores the intimate and inextricable relationship between power, money and architecture in the twentieth century. How and why have presidents, prime ministers, mayors, millionaires and bishops come to share such a fascination with grand designs? 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 motivations of the rich and powerful around the world - and on the ways they seek to affect us.
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
Director of the Design Museum, Deyan Sudjic was born in London of Yugoslav parents. Former architecture critic for the Observer and a visiting professor at the Royal College of Art. In Milan, for many years he edited Domus, the international magazine of art, architecture and design. He 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, and monographs on John Pawson, Ron Arad and Richard Rogers. He is Director of the Design Museum in London.