Why do we find the idea of a multi-coloured Parthenon so shocking today? Why was the Eiffel Tower such a target for hatred when it was first built? Is the Sagrada Familia a work of genius or kitsch? Why has Le Corbusier, one of the greatest of all architects, been treated as a villain? This book examines the critical legacy of both well known and either forgotten or underappreciated highpoints in the history of world architecture. Through 70 engaging, thought-provoking and often amusing debates, Jonathan Glancey invites readers to take a fresh look at the reputations of the masterpieces and great architects in history. You may never look at architecture in the same way again!
Jonathan Glancey is a critic, journalist, and broadcaster. He was Architecture and Design correspondent of The Guardian from 1997 to 2012 and Architecture and Design Editor of the Independent from 1989 to 1997. Before this, he was Assistant Editor of the Architectural Review and a founding editor of Blueprint. He currently writes for the Daily Telegraph, L'Architecture d'aujourd'hui, the Architectural Review, and Architectural Digest among many other publications, and makes documentaries for the BBC. His many books include New British Architecture, 20th Century Architecture, Lost Buildings, and The Story of Architecture.