Released on 30 August 2012.
CICA Bruno Zevi Book Award
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's book Why We Build has been shortlisted for the International Committee of Architectural Critics (CICA) book award.
Rowan Moore, author of Why We Build, talks about his favourite books, bloggers and sporting moments, past and present.
We asked Rowan Moore to pick his top five architectural follies, and here they are - an eclectic mix from around the world and across the centuries.
In this extract from his book Why We Build, Rowan Moore discusses the brutality of Soviet architecture, with particular reference to the All-Union Agricultural Exhibition.