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From the Publisher"…Peggy Deamer’s new book is a necessary…addition to the global architectural conversation."
—Eva Hagberg, Architectural Record, May 2014
"I am grateful then for Peggy Deamer’s work here in gathering together a number of writers to offer commentary on the relationship between capitalism and architecture and especially so for her structure of the book. Deamer breaks the last two hundred or so years since the publication of Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations into chapters, each covering a number of decades which the individual authors examine with respect to a dominant geopolitical characteristic of the age in question. If this sounds like heavy weather for post-specification writing relaxation, we are helped into each chapter by Deamer’s clearly and lucidly written forewords that each provide an overview of the age in question and establish both time frame and central thesis." — Pip Cheshire, Architecture NZ
"This book provides an excellent selection of important historical episodes that comment on the complex relationship between architecture and capital from the 19th century to the near present. There really is not any collection of essays close to this one in its historical scope." — Rafael Longoria, University of Houston, USA
"In this book, a handful of essays and particularly hundreds of photos by the inevitable Iwan Baan brilliantly portray the history and the daily life of this “Informal Vertical Community”. The compendium stretches this intense case study far beyond Urban-Think Tank’s 2012 exhibition about building, for which they won the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale. The clash of the formal and the informal, the improvised and the permanent have never come across in a more inspiring way than in this book. If you are considering tucking Rudofsky’s classic Architecture Without Architects under the Christmas tree this year (which is also a good idea!) think of this as a more current version." — Uncube
"The most promising ambition of the book is to blur the line between architecture and capitalism, to turn the one-way mirror (architecture as superstructure reflecting the economic base, no more) into a two-way looking glass that offers revelations for both architecture and the economy." — Sara Stevens, Rice University, USA