Design by deception: The politics of megaproject approval

Flyvbjerg, Bent (2005) Design by deception: The politics of megaproject approval. Harvard Design Magazine, 22. pp. 50-59.


Some argue that almost no projects, including our most treasured ones, would ever be undertaken if some form of deception about costs and benefits weren‘t involved. The Brooklyn Bridge, for instance, had a cost overrun of 100%, the Sydney Opera House of 1,400%. Had the true costs been known, these architectural wonders may not have been built. Deception is necessary for action—and for exquisite design—according to this argument. By systematic comparison of the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum and the Sydney Opera House, and by examples from dozens of other projects, the article demonstrates how seductive, yet precarious, the argument is.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: megaprojects; architecture; regional planning; construction; forecasting
Subject(s): Project management
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2011 10:32
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2018 16:23
Funders: N/A

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