Reviews

  • A brilliantly written and timely investigation into a fundamental truth that is often overlooked: energy, in particular the availability of certain types of fuel, is perhaps the single most important driver of architectural design

    Florian Urban, Professor of Architectural History, Glasgow School of Art
  • Brave and brilliant, Barnabas Calder's Architecture is a global history and a call to arms

    William Whyte, Professor of Social and Architectural History, University of Oxford
  • Fierce and elegantly written, this book tells the "energy story of architecture" from the agrarian millennia onwards, as we hurtle towards the pending cataclysm. Read here of fossil fuel dependency, sometimes hidden and surprising, and wander the City of London, or, virtually, Shenzhen and repent. Barnabas Calder has written a fine alternative architectural history, with a venomous sting in its tail

    Gillian Darley, author of Excellent Essex
  • Finally a book to replace Pevsner's standard history of architecture. Calder retells the story of architecture for the climate change generation. A dazzling tour of the history of architecture told through the lens of energy use

    Dr. James W. P. Campbell, Head of Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge
  • With this fascinating deep dive into the energy economies behind buildings, from bone huts to the Barbican, Calder reframes the entire history of architecture for the age of climate emergency. Through this prism, our time of crisis suddenly makes so much sense

    Joe Giddings, Architects Climate Action Network
  • A century-spanning, globe-spinning treatise on the thorny relationship between energy and architecture. This book will quickly turn you into an archi-geek

    Bradley Garrett, author of Bunker
  • Calder's book presents architecture as an awe-inspiring history of technology, but is also a record of our exploitation of the earth's resources. In doing so it helps us form a new perspective on how we begin to produce a more regenerative approach to buildings and our planetary environment

    Peter Clegg, Professor of Architecture, University of Bath and founding partner, FCB Studios

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