Skyscrapers: A History of the World's Most Extraordinary Buildings

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Breathtaking. Magnificent. Unique. Very Special. Exquisite. One-of-a-kind. Well researched. Beautifully designed. (Robert J. Bruss, Tribune Media Services)

"An eye-popping shelf-scraper...an elevating experience." (Gene Shalit, "Today")

"You may get vertigo looking at Skyscrapers..." (The New York Times)

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. (Judith Dupre, from the Foreword)

I think the interesting question is why does man want to build to the sky? What is there about the desire for domination, or to reach God, or for private pride - the Pyramids are an example of that, but the tall building is certainly another. Every civilization is touched by that desire... They all reached for a dominant height. The impulse may have been different, but that's a common feeling of must culture. (Philip Johnson, from the Introductory Interview)

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Editorial Reviews

Chicago Sun-Times
“Talk about an ideal match of subject and form….the stunning array of black-and-white photographs that accompany Dupre’s incisive, fact-filled text capture both the mass and soaring aspirations of the structures…”

— Hedy Weiss

The New York Times
“Judith Dupré skillfully couples a narrative with stunning photographs and factoids that distinguish this skyscraper-shaped book from so many others.”

— Sam Roberts

Dallas Morning News
“Skyscrapers is ingeniously shaped…this tall and skinny volume…is the perfect canvas for full-page black-and-white photographs and illustrations of well-known classics….But this isn’t just a celebratory picture book. Ms Dupré is a scholar interested in the aesthetic and environmental issues raised by supertall architecture. Skyscrapers is chock-full of historical context as it projects the implications and future prospects of metal and glass that reach for the sky.”

— Manuel Mendoza

The Edmonton Journal
"Unique in scale and design, and packed with eye-popping photographs…”

— Richard Helm

Chicago Sun-Times - Hedy Weiss
“Talk about an ideal match of subject and form….the stunning array of black-and-white photographs that accompany Dupre’s incisive, fact-filled text capture both the mass and soaring aspirations of the structures…”
The New York Times - Sam Roberts

“Talk about an ideal match of subject and form….the stunning array of black-and-white photographs that accompany Dupre’s incisive, fact-filled text capture both the mass and soaring aspirations of the structures…”
The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC) - Bill Thompson

“Judith Dupré skillfully couples a narrative with stunning photographs and factoids that distinguish this skyscraper-shaped book from so many others.”
Dallas Morning News - Manuel Mendoza

“…[A] handsome compendium, which is as witty in its lanky format as it is fascinating within.”
The Edmonton Journal - Richard Helm

“Skyscrapers is ingeniously shaped…this tall and skinny volume…is the perfect canvas for full-page black-and-white photographs and illustrations of well-known classics….But this isn’t just a celebratory picture book. Ms Dupré is a scholar interested in the aesthetic and environmental issues raised by supertall architecture. Skyscrapers is chock-full of historical context as it projects the implications and future prospects of metal and glass that reach for the sky.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579127879
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 18.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Dupré, New York Times bestselling author has written many books about architecture, including Bridges, Churches, and Monuments. She consults on large-scale infrastructure projects and lectures at Yale and other universities. She lives in New York. Visit www.judithdupre.com.


Adrian Smith is considered the foremost architect of supertall skyscrapers in the world. Formerly with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, his buildings include Burj Dubai, the Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai, and the Trump International Tower in Chicago, where he lives and works.

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