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

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Skyscrapers is a lavish and appropriately soaring celebration of the world's most spectacular buildings.

From the ancient Lighthouse at Alexandria to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, from the Empire State Building to the Petronas Towers in Malaysia, the 50 buildings represented in this magnificent book leap off the page in words and more than 200 rich, duotone images. This unique volume includes facts-at-a-glance for each building, visual comparisons of heights, and quotes from a ...

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Hardcover Used-Very Good At a stunning 18 inches tall and celebrating all of today's most significant superstructures, this all-new edition of 'Skyscrapers 'features 15 ... exciting new buildings and a brand-new interview with Adrian Smith, the world's foremost architect of supertall buildings. Retaining all of the qualities that made it a major bestseller-informative commentary, historic facts and architectural information, and glorious photography-this groundbreaking, shelf-scraping international bestseller is a 'Skyscrapers' for the new millennium. Unique in scale and design, the book has been expanded to 160 pages and features more than 60 buildings by such well-known architects as Santiago Calatrava, Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid, Philip Johnson, Morphosis, Jean Nouvel, Renzo Piano, Cesar Pelli, and Frank Lloyd Wright. Arranged chronologically, it includes features on such topics as the ancient roots of skyscrapers and visionary cities of the future-as well as a fascinating interview with Adrian Smith, des Read more Show Less

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New York, NY 2008 Hard cover Good. Sewn binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 147 p. Contains: Illustrations, black & white.

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Overview


Skyscrapers is a lavish and appropriately soaring celebration of the world's most spectacular buildings.

From the ancient Lighthouse at Alexandria to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, from the Empire State Building to the Petronas Towers in Malaysia, the 50 buildings represented in this magnificent book leap off the page in words and more than 200 rich, duotone images. This unique volume includes facts-at-a-glance for each building, visual comparisons of heights, and quotes from a variety of architects and experts--all accompanying stunning full-page photos of each structure.

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

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

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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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