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Title:
Skyscrapers : the new millennium
Author:
Thorne, Martha.
Publication Information:
Munich ; London : Prestel, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
144 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 32 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9783791323435
Format :
Book

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This publication examines the latest technical and aesthetic developments from around the world in the rapidly evolving design of skyscrapers.


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Since the 1980s a new generation of skyscraper design has caught up with the compositional variety and vitality of the modern movement in its infancy. This book surveys some 60 of these buildings, the tallest and the most daring ever built or about to be built. As skyscrapers have grown taller in the 1990s, they have also become more interesting, shedding the platitudinous aestheticism of mid-century Bauhaus-inspired modernism. Skyscraper design now embraces structural exhibitionism, ecological concern, compositional daring, colorful display, and plain old cornpone nostalgia. This worldwide survey proceeds geographically, covering all the continents with excellent color photos and short descriptions of buildings and firms. Almost half of these new skyscrapers are located in the Far East, with another third in Europe. Surprisingly, only a handful are in North America. Zukowsky and Thorne are curators at the architecture department at the Art Institute of Chicago, the city where the modern steel and glass skyscraper was born back in the late 19th century. General readers; upper-division undergraduates through professionals; two-year technical program students. P. Kaufman; Boston Architectural Center