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"Inhabited sculpture" is what Brancusi called architecture, but architect/critic Rowan Moore (Structure, Space & Skin; Building the Tate) as the three-dimensional screens on which contests of power and desire are played out. To elucidate his points, he ventures far and wide, offering refreshing insights on designed spaces as diverse as Manhattan's High Line, eighteenth century Covent Garden brothels, and Dubai's babel-like island skyline. One reviewer called Why We Build as "a fascinating work of love, intellectual curiosity, and endurance." Another, calling it "supremely ambitious," notes that Moore "writes with economy, clarity and wit." Editor's recommendation.