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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (25 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 033053582X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330535823
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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‘A refreshingly humane and lucid book from one of our most intelligent architecture critics’ Daily Telegraph

‘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

‘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



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

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

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

Financial Times



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

‘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.’

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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

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Buildings are driven by human emotions and desires: hope, power, money, sex, and the idea of home.

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I enjoyed reading his articles when he used to write on a weekly basis at "The Observer". He does the same thing here in that he takes the concept of architecture and makes it accessible and stimulating for the layman with an interest in the subject. I especially enjoyed what he said about Dubai and Japan. He writes in a clear and pleasing way and although not always answering all the questions all the time, you come away with something new and feel like you may see something old in a new and refreshing way.
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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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As an architecture I sometimes struggle to comprehend the reasons for why certain architects designed the way that they did and even more for why they are revered for it. Especially when your tutors seem to speak a different language when they adore them. This book I would say help me to get a realistic perspective without the superfluous content. It also allowed me to realise everything is never as as they initially seem to be.
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