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Imagining the modern : architecture and urbanism of the Pittsburgh Renaissance

Author: Chris Grimley; Michael Kubo; Rami El Samahy
Publisher: New York, New York : The Montacelli Press, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the 1950s and '60s an ambitious program of urban revitalization transformed Pittsburgh and became a model for other American cities. Billed as the Pittsburgh Renaissance, this era of superlatives-the city claimed the tallest aluminum clad building, the world's largest retractable dome, the tallest steel structure-developed through visionary mayors and business leaders, powerful urban planning authorities, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Chris Grimley; Michael Kubo; Rami El Samahy
ISBN: 9781580935234 1580935230
OCLC Number: 1051055699
Description: 367 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Lessons from Pittsburgh / Raymund Ryan --
Pittsburgh as project : reimagining the modern / Chris Grimley, Michael Kubo and Rami el Samahy --
Positions: words and essays. Pittsburgh's plans : triumphs and tribulations of urban renewal / Kelly Hutzell --
Urban revitalization through landscape : Simonds and Simonds in Pittsburgh / Caroline Constant --
A sensation of free and open space : experiencing Pittsburgh's modernism / Martin Aurand --
Mapping networks : modern architecture in Pittsburgh --
Media : imagining modern Pittsburgh --
Sites : Pittsburgh projects --
The Point --
The Golden Triangle --
Lower Hill --
Oakland --
Allegheny --
East Liberty --
Perspectives : interviews and salons --
Robert Pease --
Tasso Katselas --
Troy West --
Imagining the renaissance --
Preserving modernism --
Making the modern --
Projecting Pittsburgh.
Other Titles: Architecture and urbanism of the Pittsburgh Renaissance
Responsibility: [edited by] Chris Grimley, Michael Kubo, Rami el Samahy.

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"In the 1950s and '60s an ambitious program of urban revitalization transformed Pittsburgh and became a model for other American cities. Billed as the Pittsburgh Renaissance, this era of superlatives-the city claimed the tallest aluminum clad building, the world's largest retractable dome, the tallest steel structure-developed through visionary mayors and business leaders, powerful urban planning authorities, and architects and urban designers of international renown, including Frank Lloyd Wright, I.M. Pei, Mies van der Rohe, SOM, and Harrison & Abramovitz. These leaders, civic groups, and architects worked together to reconceive the city through local and federal initiatives that aimed to address the problems that confronted Pittsburgh's postwar development. Initiated as an award-winning exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art in 2014, Imagining the Modern untangles this complicated relationship with modern architecture and planning through a history of Pittsburgh's major sites, protagonists, and voices of intervention. Through original documentation, photographs and drawings, as well as essays, analytical drawings, and interviews with participants, this book provides a nuanced view of this crucial moment in Pittsburgh's evolution. Addressing both positive and negative impacts of the era, Imagining the Modern examines what took place during the city's urban renewal era, what was gained and lost, and what these histories might suggest for the city's future"--

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