Bricks & Mortals: Ten Great Buildings and the People They Made

Bricks & Mortals: Ten Great Buildings and the People They Made

Tom Wilkinson

Long-listed for the dad or mum First publication Award.
We do not simply examine structures: their facades, attractive or grotesque, cover the areas the place we are living. we're born, paintings, love, and die in structure. We purchase and promote it, lease and squat it, create and wreck it. All of those features of buildings--economic, erotic, political, and psychological--are an important if we're to appreciate structure competently. and since structure molds us simply up to we mildew it, figuring out structure is helping us to appreciate our lives and our world.

In this publication, ten constructions from around the globe inform tales of structure from the start of civilization to the current day. From the is still of the Tower of Babel to the summer season Palace in Beijing, outfitted and destroyed through Europeans, to the Ford motor vehicle plant the place the creation line used to be born, Tom Wilkinson unpicks those constructions to bare the lives of the folks who equipped and used them. structure has regularly had a robust and intimate courting with society and the lives of these who construct and dwell with it. It has usually been used to attempt and increase society. yet can structure switch our lives for the better?

The structures are: the Tower of Babel, Babylon; Nero's Golden condominium, Rome; Djinguereber Mosque, Timbuktu; Palazzo Rucellai, Florence; the backyard of excellent Brightness, Beijing; the competition Theatre, Beyreuth; E.1027, Cap Martin; Highland Park Ford Plant, Detroit; and the Finsbury well-being Centre, London.

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