The American Skyscraper

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More than any other phenomenon, the skyscraper has determined the character of the American city, altering its physicality and land use patterns; prompting design, technological, and infrastructure developments; creating internal work environments; and redefining boundaries and expectations of individuals and groups defined by gender, class, and ethnicity. This volume examines the various dimensions of the skyscraper in its American urban context. Focusing on the major skyscraper cities of New York and Chicago between 1870 and 1960, the studies in this volume address many of the major aspects of the skyscraper through a diversity of disciplines, including planning and public policy, art and architectural history, labor and business history, and American studies. The result is a kaleidoscopic view of the skyscraper, a building type whose existence as object and icon is inextricably linked to the city itself.


Part I. Makers and Users: 1. The Beaux-Arts architect and the skyscraper Gail Fenske; 2. Law makes order Keith Revell; 3. The female 'souls of the skyscraper' Lisa M. Fine; Part II. In the Image of the Client: 4. Type and building type Lee Gray; 5. Chicago's fraternity temples Edward Wolner; 6. The corporate and the civic Roberta Moudry; 7. The Chicago Tribune Tower competition Katerine Solomonson; Part III. Urban Contexts: 8. The heights and depths of urbanism Max Page; 9. Built languages of class Sarah Watts; 10. The skyscraper ensemble in its urban context Carol Herselle Krinsky; Part IV. Popular Culture: 11. The shadow of the skyscraper Antonello Frongia; 12. The skyscraper, gender and mental life Merrill Schleier; 13. The sublime and the skyline David Nye.


The American Skyscraper creates a systematic review of the meaning, experience, and relation of the skyscraper to the city and its people.' Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians
EAN: 9780521624213
ISBN: 0521624215
Untertitel: Cultural Histories. 89 b/w illus. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Cambridge University Press
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 2005
Seitenanzahl: 298 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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