What's So Great About the Eiffel Tower? 70 Questions That Will Change the Way You Think About Architecture

By Jonathan Glancey

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  • Flexibind
  • 100 illustrations
  • 176 pages
  • 7⅞ x 5⅝ ins
  • ISBN 9781780679198
  • Published February 2017

Why do we find the idea of a multi-coloured Parthenon so shocking today? Why was the Eiffel Tower such a target for hatred when it was first built? Is the Sagrada Família a work of genius or kitsch? Why has Le Corbusier, one of the greatest of all architects, been treated as a villain?

This book examines the critical legacy of both well known and either forgotten or underappreciated highpoints in the history of world architecture. Through 70 engaging, thought-provoking, and often amusing debates, Jonathan Glancey invites readers to take a fresh look at the reputations of the masterpieces and great architects in history. You may never look at architecture in the same way again!

About the Author

Jonathan Glancey is a critic, journalist and broadcaster. He was Architecture and Design correspondent of The Guardian from 1997 to 2012 and Architecture and Design Editor of The Independent from 1989 to 1997.

His many books include New British Architecture; C20th Architecture; Lost Buildings; London: Bread and Circuses; The Story of Architecture, the best-selling Spitfire: a Biography and Giants of Steam.

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