Power and Desire in Architecture

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Rowan Moore, former director of the Architecture Foundation, the architecture critic for The Observer, argues that hope, power, sex, and our changing relationship to the idea of home are the most powerful forces behind architecture. In Why We Build: Power and Desire in Architecture, he looks at notable projects, including the High Line, the island experiment of Dubai, the Covent Garden brothels of 18th-century London, and Daniel Libeskind’s failed design for the World Trade Center site.