Structures of Our Time: 31 Buildings That Changed Modern Life

Structures of Our Time: 31 Buildings That Changed Modern Life

by Roger Shepherd


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Structures of Our Time: 31 Buildings That Changed Modern Life by Roger Shepherd

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071369695
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 12/01/2002
Series: Architectural Record Boook Ser.
Pages: 243
Product dimensions: 7.58(w) x 9.44(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

1The Garden in the City12
Rockefeller Center - Associated Architects: Reinhard & Hofmeister; Corbett, Harrison & MacMurray; Raymond Hood, Godley & Fouiloux - 193918
Baldwin Hills Village - Reginald D. Johnson, Wilson, Merrill & Alexander; Clarence S. Stein - 194226
2Elevating the User Experience32
S C Johnson & Son Administration Building - Frank Lloyd Wright - 193938
Salk Institute for Biological Studies - Louis I. Kahn - 196544
Ford Foundation Headquarters - Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates - 196850
Philips Exeter Academy Library - Louis I. Kahn - 197254
3Where Nature and the Built World Meet60
Taliesin West - Frank Lloyd Wright - 193866
Bavinger House - Bruce Goff - 195570
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts - Edward Larrabee Barnes - 196076
Sea Ranch Condominium I - Moore Lyndon Turnbull Whitaker - 196680
4The Essence of Style84
Crow Island School - Eliel & Eero Saarinen; Perkins, Wheeler & Will - 193992
Christ Church Lutheran - Saarinen, Saarinen and Associates - 194998
Yale University Art Gallery - Louis I. Kahn - 1953102
Price Tower - Frank Lloyd Wright - 1956106
Dulles International Airport - Eero Saarinen and Associates - 1963110
5A Sense of Proportion116
Equitable Savings and Loan - Pietro Belluschi - 1948124
860-880 Lake Shore Drive Apartments - Mies van der Rohe - 1951130
Lever House - SOM [Gordon Bunshaft] - 1952136
Seagram Building - Mies van der Rohe - 1958142
6The Way We Live148
Eames House - Charles and Ray Eames - 1949156
Philip Johnson Residence [the Glass House] - Philip Johnson - 1949162
Farnsworth House - Mies van der Rohe - 1951166
Vanna Venturi House - Robert Venturi - 1963172
Smith House - Richard Meier - 1967176
7The Corporate Campus180
General Motors Technical Center - Eero Saarinen and Associates - 1956186
Deere & Company Administrative Center - Eero Saarinen and Associates - 1963192
8Sublime Innovation198
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum - Frank Lloyd Wright - 1959204
Gateway Arch - Eero Saarinen and Associates - 1964210
U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel - SOM [Walter Netsch] - 1962216
John Hancock Center - SOM [Bruce Graham and Fazlur Kahn] - 1970222
Kimbell Art Museum - Louis I. Kahn - 1972226

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