Structures of Our Time celebrates the power of architecture to touch us all with unprecedented in-depth portraits of the 31 winners of AIA's prestigious annual prize, which acknowledges a structure whose significance has stood the test of a quarter century of time.
From Fifth Avenue-shaping Rockefeller Center, the first AIA honoree in 1969, to Richard Meier's Darien, Connecticut, Smith House, created in 1965 to 1967 and winner of the year 2000 prize, this book investigates the structures that mark and define our era.
In the company of their architects and admirers, users and bystanders, clients and critics, Structures of our Time probes innovations and influence. Each portrait of a prizewinner reveals new aspects of the meaning of structures -- from the feelings and perceptions of inhabitants to reverberations through community and culture, to architects' memories of projects' conceptions, to how the creators regard their works today.
In Structures of Our Time, you'll explore the ways architecture gives identity, shape, and pleasure to communities. You'll witness the birth of important new forms and innovations: the garden city; the corporate campus; environmental design; the glass box; the house redefined; the sublime intersection of beauty and technology.
Through this scrutiny, this book raises the central questions of architecture: What makes a building great? How do structures affect the lives around them? Beyond the physical, what in architecture endures?
Featuring work by immortals such as Frank Lloyd Wright; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Louis Kahn; Ludwig Mies van der Rohe; Eero Saarinen; and Charles and Ray Eames, Structures of Our Time takes you behind the drawing boards where historic breakthroughs first appeared. With each turn of the page, you enter more deeply into the minds of the greatest architectural thinkers of our time, exploring creations whose reach encompassed art and penetrated culture.
With beautiful graphic design, original drawings and renderings never before publicly available, and superb production values supervised by Architectural Record, this book on the most influential of buildings is certain to exert its own influence. To open this book is to make discovery after discovery. To own it is to have a lifetime of insight and inspiration always at hand.
Table of Contents
|1||The Garden in the City||12|
|Rockefeller Center - Associated Architects: Reinhard & Hofmeister; Corbett, Harrison & MacMurray; Raymond Hood, Godley & Fouiloux - 1939||18|
|Baldwin Hills Village - Reginald D. Johnson, Wilson, Merrill & Alexander; Clarence S. Stein - 1942||26|
|2||Elevating the User Experience||32|
|S C Johnson & Son Administration Building - Frank Lloyd Wright - 1939||38|
|Salk Institute for Biological Studies - Louis I. Kahn - 1965||44|
|Ford Foundation Headquarters - Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates - 1968||50|
|Philips Exeter Academy Library - Louis I. Kahn - 1972||54|
|3||Where Nature and the Built World Meet||60|
|Taliesin West - Frank Lloyd Wright - 1938||66|
|Bavinger House - Bruce Goff - 1955||70|
|Haystack Mountain School of Crafts - Edward Larrabee Barnes - 1960||76|
|Sea Ranch Condominium I - Moore Lyndon Turnbull Whitaker - 1966||80|
|4||The Essence of Style||84|
|Crow Island School - Eliel & Eero Saarinen; Perkins, Wheeler & Will - 1939||92|
|Christ Church Lutheran - Saarinen, Saarinen and Associates - 1949||98|
|Yale University Art Gallery - Louis I. Kahn - 1953||102|
|Price Tower - Frank Lloyd Wright - 1956||106|
|Dulles International Airport - Eero Saarinen and Associates - 1963||110|
|5||A Sense of Proportion||116|
|Equitable Savings and Loan - Pietro Belluschi - 1948||124|
|860-880 Lake Shore Drive Apartments - Mies van der Rohe - 1951||130|
|Lever House - SOM [Gordon Bunshaft] - 1952||136|
|Seagram Building - Mies van der Rohe - 1958||142|
|6||The Way We Live||148|
|Eames House - Charles and Ray Eames - 1949||156|
|Philip Johnson Residence [the Glass House] - Philip Johnson - 1949||162|
|Farnsworth House - Mies van der Rohe - 1951||166|
|Vanna Venturi House - Robert Venturi - 1963||172|
|Smith House - Richard Meier - 1967||176|
|7||The Corporate Campus||180|
|General Motors Technical Center - Eero Saarinen and Associates - 1956||186|
|Deere & Company Administrative Center - Eero Saarinen and Associates - 1963||192|
|Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum - Frank Lloyd Wright - 1959||204|
|Gateway Arch - Eero Saarinen and Associates - 1964||210|
|U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel - SOM [Walter Netsch] - 1962||216|
|John Hancock Center - SOM [Bruce Graham and Fazlur Kahn] - 1970||222|
|Kimbell Art Museum - Louis I. Kahn - 1972||226|