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The skyscraper

Author: Roger Shepherd
Publisher: New York ; London : McGraw-Hill, 2003.
Series: Reflections of our century., An architectural record book.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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"This consideration of the skyscraper explores the meanings, dimensions, and resonances of these notable structures - literally the highest achievements of our civilization. Featuring both historical and current commentary, Skyscraper offers a unique opportunity to see the tall building through the eyes of critics contemporary to their creation, as well as to evaluate its impact, influence, and development during  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roger Shepherd
ISBN: 0071369708 9780071369701
OCLC Number: 223379999
Description: xxiii, 297 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: The Sky-Scraper Problem: A Question of Style --
Modern Architecture --
A Conversation / Harry W. Desmond --
Architectural Record Through 75 Years / Emerson Cole --
By Way of Introduction / Harry W. Desmond --
1. New Conditions/New Forms: The Promise of Function. Skeleton Construction: The New Method of Constructing High Buildings / William J. Fryer, Jr. Iron Construction in New York City: Past and Future / Louis de Coppet Berg --
2. Brave New World: An Architecture for Our Time. Last Words About The World's Fair / Montgomery Schuyler. Modern Architecture / Montgomery Schuyler. The "Sky-Scraper" Up-to-Date / Montgomery Schuyler. Architectural Appreciations --
No. II: The "Flatiron" or Fuller Building --
3. Between Two Worlds: The Education of the Architect. The Evolution of a Skyscraper / Montgomery Schuyler. A Beaux-Arts Skyscraper --
The Blair Building, New York City / Henry W. Desmond. A Rational Skyscraper / Henry W. Desmond --
4. The Commercial Problem: An Image of the People. The Economy of the Office Building / George Hill. The Art of High Building / Barre Ferree. The First Concrete Skyscraper / A. O. Elzner. The Schlesinger & Mayer Building: An Attempt to Give Functional Expression to the Architecture of a Department Store / Lyndon P. Smith. Another View --
What Mr. Louis Sullivan Stands For / H. W. Desmond --
5. Truth, Goodness, and Beauty: The Fine Art of Architecture. A Plea for Beauty / Alfred Hoyt Granger. Some Recent Skyscrapers / Montgomery Schuyler. The Larkin Building in Buffalo / Russell Sturgis. Architecture in the United States III: The Skyscraper / Claude Bragdon. The Crown of the Skyscraper / Charles Cressey. Additions to Chicago's Skyline: A Few Recent Skyscrapers / Peter B. Wight. The New Architecture: The First American Type of Real Value / A. C. David. The Towers of Manhattan and Notes on the Woolworth Building / Montgomery Schuyler --
6. Subject to Change: The Expanding Change. Twenty-Five Years of American Architecture / A. D. F. Hamlin. The Chicago Tribune Competition / Louis H. Sulliyan. The American Radiator Building, New York City: Raymond M. Hood, Architect / Harvey Wiley Corbett --
7. Lessons Soon Forgotten: The Passing of a Prophet. Louis Sullivan --
An Old Master / Fiske Kimball. The Evolution of an Architectural Design: The Tribune Building Tower Chicago / Leon V. Solon. 8. Restless Object: The Search for Something More. The Park Avenue Building, New York City: The Evolution of a Style / Leon V. Solon. Economics of the Skyscraper / Ely Jacques Kahn. American Architecture Today --
Part I: The Search for "Something More" / Lewis Mumford. In the Cause of Architecture VII: Sheet Metal and the Modern Instance / Frank Lloyd Wright. St. Mark's Tower: St. Mark's in the Bouwerie, New York City --
9. Advantage in Magnitude: Apotheosis of the Tall Building. The Economic Design of Office Buildings / R. H. Shreve. What is the Rockefeller Radio City? / L. Andrew Reinhard. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company: New Home Office Building in New York City / D. Everett Waid and Harvey Wiley Corbett --
Epilogue: The International Style Twenty Years After / Henry Russell Hitchcock.
Series Title: Reflections of our century., An architectural record book.
Responsibility: edited by Roger Sheperd.

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This work chronicles the skyscraper's emergence and architectural importance. It chronologically details the ascension of the skyscraper as an artform from 1891.  Read more...

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By Ellen Louer "Skyscraper is the latest volume in the AR series. It explores the development of the American skyscraper through annotated extracts from the first 50 years of the magazine, and looks Read more...

 
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