Buildings are driven by human emotions and desires; hope, power, money, sex, the idea of home. In Why We Build Rowan Moore explores the making of buildings from conception to inhabitation and reveals the paradoxical power of architecture: it looks fixed and solid, but is always changing in response to the lives around it. Moving across the globe and through history, through works of folly, beauty, spectacle, and subtlety, Moore gives a provocative and iconoclastic view of what makes architecture, why it matters, and why we find it fascinating. You will never look at a building in the same way again.
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.
Chapter - 1: Desire shapes space, and space shapes desireChapter - 2: The fixed and the wandering homeChapter - 3: The true fakeChapter - 4: The inconsistent horizon, or notes on the erotic in architectureChapter - 5: Power and freedomChapter - 6: Form follows financeChapter - 7: The rapacity of 'hope'Chapter - 8: Eternity of overratedChapter - 9: Life, and the look of lifeChapter - 10: Indespensible as breadSection - 11: List of illustrationsSection - 12: Selected bibliographySection - 13: AcknowledgementsSection - 14: Index