The Biography of a Building: How British architects like Norman Foster developed the high-tech style.

Why British Architects Are the Most “High Tech”

Why British Architects Are the Most “High Tech”

What we build.
Nov. 2 2011 11:01 AM

How the Brits Stole High-Tech

American architects invented the style, but Brits like Norman Foster made it sing.

Excerpted from The Biography of a Building: How Robert Sainsbury and Norman Foster Built a Great Museum by Witold Rybczynski, published this month in London and New York by Thames & Hudson.

Witold Rybczynski is an architect, professor, and writer. From 2004–2010, he was Slate’s architecture critic. Visit his website and follow him on Twitter.