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Utilizing original articles from ARCHITECTURAL RECORD as well as current thought,THE SKYSCRAPER reveals how these structures function as public cultural artifacts,how their designers conceived of the project,how they view them now,and other fascinating bits of history.
With vintage articles by Russell Sturgis,Lewis Mumford,Frank Lloyd Wright and others,200 inspiring photographs (100 in full color),and outstanding contemporary coverage,here is a truly unique presentation of an important slice of modern society.
Table of ContentsPrefacePrologue: The Sky-Scraper Problem: A Question of Style Modern ArchitectureA Conversation Architectural Record Through 75 Years By Way of Introduction Chapter 1: New Conditions/New Forms: The Promise of Function Skeleton Construction: The New Method of Constructing High Buildings Iron Construction in New York City: Past and Future Chapter 2: Brave New World: An Architecture for Our Time Last Words About the World's Fair Modern Architecture The "Sky-Scraper" Up-To-Date Architectural AppreciationsNo. II: The "Flatiron" or Fuller Building Chapter 3: Between Two Worlds: The Education of the Architect The Evolution of a Skyscraper A Beaux-Arts SkyscraperThe Blair Building, New York City A Rational Skyscraper Chapter 4: The Commercial Problem: An Image of the People The Economy of the Office Building The Art of High Building The First Concrete Skyscraper (and more...)