Recently Read: The Edifice Complex by Deyan Sudjic

In The Edifice Complex, architecture critic Deyan Sudjic takes the reader on an eerie journey through the extent to which politicians (democratic and dictatorial), billionaires and other like-minded power players wield architecture and city planning to deify themselves and intimidate their subjects. An account like this always runs the risk of serving up a sort of spineless paranoia, but there are too many well-written, deeply researched examples of these rough, self-edifying architectural strategies throughout history to ignore.

Taking a step back, The Edifice Complex is also a fascinating read due to its careful analysis of how politics, business and art interact — and, the implications found therein.