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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (30 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330535579
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330535571
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Lively and engaging . . . Anyone with an interest in architecture will find good things here’ Evening Standard

‘A subtle, often eccentric but always entertaining guide . . . A fascinating work of love, intellectual curiosity and endurance’ Literary Review

‘Dazzling . . . there’s plenty to discover.’ Sunday Times

‘A refreshingly humane and lucid book from one of our most intelligent architecture critics’ Daily Telegraph

‘A paean to the way we inhabit, which explains why good architecture changes constantly’

Financial Times



‘Architecture critic for the Observer, Rowan Moore, has written a fantastic book which is well worth reading for anyone interested in architecture.’

Sir Paul Smith



‘Thoughtful and elegantly written, Why We Build will appeal to anyone with an interest in architecture . . . It benefits from a clear style and years of architectural criticism . . . the argument is forceful, but not prescriptive, the satisfying result of prolonged and sensitive observation of both buildings and human nature.’

Spectator



‘Moore has a lot to offer those who like verbal flexibility and thought-provoking aphorisms. There is also a sense of mischief . . . if famous architects were a coconut shy, Moore would go home with the giant teddy . . . Elegant and witty, with a sometimes 18th-century sensuality, this is a hard-hitting book with great panache.’

Sunday Telegraph



‘Moore writes with economy, clarity and wit’ Will Wiles, Building Design

‘Vivid and witty . . . it’s a book about what happens when other non-architectural matter – capital, sex, family life, the caprices of function – barges into a discipline that sometimes likes to think of itself as pure’ Guardian

‘Intelligent and cultured . . . packed with passionately held ideas about the epiphanies, farces and humanity in architecture’ Independent

'Moore has conjured a rare feat in producing a work that will be appreciated by professionals and punters alike.' Observer

About the Author

Rowan Moore is the architecture critic for the Observer and previously for the Evening Standard. He is also a trained architect, and between 2002 and 2008 was the Director of the Architecture Foundation.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JB on 5 Jan 2014
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Really interesting read and great to have his take on the issues he deals with. Quite a different angle on the built environment world both personal and of wider significance. I have given it to several people as a must read.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Cole on 4 Jun 2013
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Each chapter has a theme illustrated by a particular architect or building which makes it very easy to understand how the author is applying his argument. It is a really enjoyable read which you will want to discuss with others!
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5 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Hannay on 9 Mar 2013
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Nothing wrong with the content other than I was sold a book with many of the pictures missing, and it was clearly a pre- publication draft copy with no cover...I haven't had time to check if text is missing or wrong...but this seems iniquitous to sell such a thing on Amazon as the book illusatrated with a proper cover etc...maybe I didn't read the small print closely enough

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