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Skyscrapers Architecture History 18" + Tall! World Trade Cen


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SKYSCRAPERS - A History of the World's Most Famous and Important Skyscrapers by Judith Dupre. Introductory interview with Philip Johnson,. 1996 First Edition (4th Printing), Black Dog Leventhal Publishers, Incorporated, New York, New York. Hardcover with dust jacket. 128 pages. The unique format of this book is bound to impress; OVER EIGHTEEN INCHES TALL, this historical survey of the tallest buildings in the world might give you vertigo just holding it! Like towering divas, skyscrapers command the urban stage. They hold us enthralled, leaving us anticipating and half-fearing their next majestic manifestation. The roles played by the skyscraper and many: they are icons of cities, stars of movies, symbols of corporate power, and the place where many of us report to work every morning. Deemed both avatars and annihilators of civilized life, they have been praised as efficient space-savers and denounced as rapacious consumers of light and air. In short, the skyscraper's bold visual gestalt, one layered with multiple meanings, has become a complex metaphor for all that is good and bad about the twentieth century. Skyscrapers reveals the full story behind the design and construction of each structure. You'll learn about the many social, political, and economic obstacles that delayed the construction of the serenely beautiful Washington Monument; travel to Paris for an intimate look at the Eiffel Tower, the graceful, intricate web of prefabricated iron girders that was both touted, as proof of French engineering superiority, and protested, as a threat to individual creative expression and to Ulm, to behold the filigreed tower.You'll encounter such architectural pioneers as William Le Baron Jenney, who took advantage of new technologies like fireproofing, elevators, and electrical lights to create, in 1885, the Home Insurance Building in Chicago, generally acknowledged to be the first skyscraper; Daniel Burnham, who, inspired by the irregular building site, designed New York's Flatiron Building, a dramatic triangular structure that exuberantly mixes Gothic and Renaissance motifs; and Mies van der Rohe, whose elegant, monumental Seagram Building epitomizes the ideals of the modernist movement. Skyscrapers chronicles the transformation of landscapes throughout the world as skyscrapers became the favored twentieth-century expression of cultural and economic progress. Detailed descriptions tell the complete stories of New York City's Woolworth Building dubbed "the Mozart of skyscrapers" by architectural critic Paul Goldberger and the imposing towers of the World Trade Center, Chicago's Sears Tower, Boston's John Hancock Tower, and the NationsBank in Houston. On the eve of the twenty-first century, as the Pacific Rim expe-riences rapid economic growth, its cities are becoming showcases for the newest skyscrapers. In these pages, you'll see such glorious structures as the Bank of China in Hong Kong, designed by I.M. Pei Partners, the Tokyo City Hall Complex, the work of Kenzo Tange Associates, and Cesar Pelli's Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. A GREAT book on the subject. Certainly notable for having The World Trade Center in it. Nice early printing too! NOTE: This oversized book requires special packaging, hence the higher shipping price. BOOK DESCRIPTION/CONDITION: Narrow Elephant Folio - over 15" - 23" tall. Silver-toned dust jacket with photograph of the Chrysler Building on front, other photos on back. Title in pinkish motif on front, in white on spine. Book is blue-black cloth with title in silver on spine. Endpapers decorated with skyline in silver halftone. Dj has a little corner and end wear and a few very light (impression)marks but is still VERY GOOD. (Dj is NOT price-clipped.) Book is in FINE condition. 8" x 18 1/4" x 3/4"

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