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The Icon Project: Architecture, Cities, and Capitalist Globalization

Leslie Sklair


In the last quarter century, a new form of iconic architecture has appeared throughout the world's major cities. Typically designed by globe-trotting “starchitects” or by a few large transnational architectural firms, these projects are almost always funded by the private sector in the service of private interests. Whereas in the past monumental architecture often had a strong public component, the urban ziggurats of today are emblems and conduits of capitalist globalization. In The Icon Project, Leslie Sklair focuses on ways in which capitalist globalization is produced and represented all o ... More

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190464189
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190464189.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leslie Sklair, author