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Ebook | $2.99 Short | ISBN: 9780262317504 | 19 pp. | January 2014
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The Financial Architect (or, A Brief Economic History of Architecture), Digital Original Edition

A BIT of Down Detour Road


The new generation of architects faces a cold reality of economic and ecological crises. Architects may assure each other of their own importance, but society has come to view architecture as a luxury it can do without. For Eric Cesal, this recognition becomes an occasion to rethink architecture and its value from the very core. In this BIT, Cesal considers the economics of architecture and why an architect needs to know about finance as well as about buildings.

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About the Author

Eric J. Cesal holds master’s degrees in business administration, construction management, and architecture from Washington University in St. Louis. He is now living in Port-au-Prince, managing and coordinating Architecture for Humanity’s design and reconstruction initiatives in Haiti.