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When it comes to our cities, we all have an edifice complex. I first encountered this term, edifice complex, in a book of the same name by architectural theorist Deyan Sudjic. He uses it to demonstrate the ways that power-- especially dictatorial power-- uses architecture to express and advance its ideological agenda. It’s a great book, but here I want to soften the phrase just a bit: our relationship, or lack of one, to the buildings in our city is our edifice complex....

Fletcher Powell / KMUW

My research includes the study of buildings constructed from about World War II to the 1970s. It began with a study of Route 66 and the features along the “Mother Road.” Since then, my interest in the postwar built-landscape has extended to suburban ranch homes, one of which I just purchased, and to the religious landscape of 1950s and 1960s America. It has struck me how ambivalent we are towards these structures. Even when they were built, the population was not so sure about the benefits of...

Steve Ramey

Historians study those who shape the world in which we live, including those who designed the physical space around us. One such person was architect Uel Clifton Ramey.