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Skyscraper Dreams

Author : Tom Shachtman
ISBN : 0595163602
Genre : Architecture
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"Fascinating history, showing how the city has been molded by the edifice complexes of risk-takers. The stuff of grand comedy." -Business Week
Category: Architecture

The Landscape Of Modernity

Author : David Ward
ISBN : 0801856094
Genre : Architecture
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Creating the modern city - Planning for New York City - Real estate values, zoning, density, intervention - Building the vertical city - Empire State Building - Going from home to work - Subways, transit politics - Sweatshop migration - Identity - Little Italy's decline - Jewish neighbourhoods - Cities of light - Street lighting.
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Author : Elise Lemire
ISBN : 9780812202601
Genre : Architecture
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Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2010 Nowhere in the world is there a greater concentration of significant skyscrapers than in New York City. And though this iconographic American building style has roots in Chicago, New York is where it has grown into such a powerful reflection of American commerce and culture. In Skyscraper: The Politics and Power of Building New York City in the Twentieth Century, Benjamin Flowers explores the role of culture and ideology in shaping the construction of skyscrapers and the way wealth and power have operated to reshape the urban landscape. Flowers narrates this modern tale by closely examining the creation and reception of three significant sites: the Empire State Building, the Seagram Building, and the World Trade Center. He demonstrates how architects and their clients employed a diverse range of modernist styles to engage with and influence broader cultural themes in American society: immigration, the Cold War, and the rise of American global capitalism. Skyscraper explores the various wider meanings associated with this architectural form as well as contemporary reactions to it across the critical spectrum. Employing a broad array of archival sources, such as corporate records, architects' papers, newspaper ads, and political cartoons, Flowers examines the personal, political, cultural, and economic agendas that motivate architects and their clients to build ever higher. He depicts the American saga of commerce, wealth, and power in the twentieth century through their most visible symbol, the skyscraper.
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The American Skyscraper 1850 1940

Author : Joseph J. Korom
ISBN : 0828321884
Genre : Architecture
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The history of the American Skysraper from its origins to the present day, as a typical American product and contribution to world architecture.
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The Pan Am Building And The Shattering Of The Modernist Dream

Author : Meredith L. Clausen
ISBN : 0262033240
Genre : Architecture
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How a building and the reaction to it signaled the end of an era; the transformation of architectural practice in the context of New York City culture and politics.
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Skyscraper Dreams

Author : Jeremy Young
ISBN : 0692763686
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Skyscraper Dreams is a children's book, which is the first of the "Little Me BIG Dreams" book series. It's based out of Chicago, Illinois, about a kid who takes his first trip to downtown Chicago and falls in love with the big buildings. His interest leads him to inquire about who created the buildings and how he can create them himself. Through this book, the father introduces the term skyscraper to his son, and he breaks down what an architect is. This unique book series has an educational feel and theme, in the back of each book you will find a glossary and group discussion questions. The author's passion is based on early childhood exposure/education. This book serves as a reminder to our children to always dream BIG dreams. Our Mission: To expose children to unique career fields, but also enlighten them on their appropriate educational level Our Motto: "Let us build our communities youth by youth!"

Skyscrapers Of The Future

Author : Carlo Aiello
ISBN : 9781938740183
Genre : Architecture
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No other architectural genre captures our imagination and reflects our cultural and technological achievements like these towers that pierce the sky. We start off with the history and evolution of building high, from the Egyptian pyramids, Gothic cathedrals, and first American skyscrapers to the contemporary reality in Asia and the Middle East. We present two fascinating interviews, the first one with Carol Willis, the founder and director of the Skyscraper Museum in New York City, who explains the true genetics and economics behind the birth and future of the skyscraper. The second one with Italian artist, Giacomo Costa, who shares his vision about the relationship between the natural environment, human activity, and supernatural reality with provocative images of an apocalyptic urban future. Javier Quintana exposes the time gap between new architectural concepts and their built reality like Arne Hosek’s City of the Future designed in 1928 and materialized in 1998 by Cesar Pelli as the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur or Sergei Lopatin’s 1925 idea for the Veshenka Tower in Moscow, later observed as the Willis Tower (former Sears Tower) in Chicago in 1974. Another group of essays explore the global influence of Manhattan as a contemporary Babylon to be replicated across the world, or the role of the Italian Futurists, Japanese Metabolists, and Archigram, who influenced generations of architects and designers to push forward the concept of vertical living. In the Opinion section you will find critiques on some of the latest ideas for skyscraper design by some of the most forward-looking architects like the concept of pixilated tectonics in Le Project Triangle in Paris by Herzog & de Meuron and the Sky Village by MVRDV. On the other hand, Jean Nouvel redefined the Italian loggia towers of the seventeenth century with the Tour Signal in La Defense, Paris; while Morphosis Architects explores new programs for vertical density with The Phare Tower. Lastly, Studio SHIFT masterfully integrates their Miyi Tower in Sichuan, China, with the existing landscape. Central to this book are thirty projects from eVolo’s 2009 Skyscraper Competition which look into the future of the skyscraper with the use of new technologies, programs, and aesthetic expression. Sustainability, globalization, flexibility, and adaptability are just some of the multi-layered elements explored by some the entries. You will find examples of cities in the sky, horizontal skyscrapers that link various cities, or emergency architecture for disaster zones.
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Skyscraper Fa Ades Of The Gilded Age

Author : Joseph J. Korom, Jr.
ISBN : 9780786470723
Genre : Art
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"This book about the design of America's most extravagant early skyscrapers includes biographies of noted architects and the aristocrats who financed America's first skyscrapers, discusses the influences of European aesthetic values in America--and scandals, rogues, and class distinctions. Interpretations by contemporary critics are sprinkled throughout the text"--Provided by publisher.
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House Of Outrageous Fortune

Author : Michael Gross
ISBN : 9781451666212
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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“Michael Gross’s new book…packs [in] almost as many stories as there are apartments in the building. The Jackie Collins of real estate likes to map expressions of power, money and ego… Even more crammed with billionaires and their exploits than 740 Park” (Penelope Green, The New York Times). With two concierge-staffed lobbies, a walnut-lined library, a lavish screening room, a private sixty-seat restaurant offering residents room service, a health club complete with a seventy-foot swimming pool, penthouses that cost almost $100 million, and a tenant roster that’s a roll call of business page heroes and villains, Fifteen Central Park West is the most outrageously successful, insanely expensive, titanically tycoon-stuffed real estate development of the twenty-first century. In this “stunning” (CNN) and “deliciously detailed” (Booklist, starred review) New York Times bestseller, journalist Michael Gross turns his gimlet eye on the new-money wonderland that’s sprung up on the southwest rim of Central Park. Mixing an absorbing business epic with hilarious social comedy, Gross “takes another gossip-laden bite out of the upper crust” (Sam Roberts, The New York Times), which includes Denzel Washington, Sting, Norman Lear, top executives, and Russian and Chinese oligarchs, to name a few. And he recounts the legendary building’s inspired genesis, costly construction, and the flashy international lifestyle it has brought to a once benighted and socially déclassé Manhattan neighborhood. More than just an apartment building, 15CPW represents a massive paradigm shift in the lifestyle of New York’s rich and famous—and is a bellwether of the city’s changing social and financial landscape.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Blind Man S Alley

Author : Justin Peacock
ISBN : 9780385531078
Genre : Fiction
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From the author of the Edgar Award–nominated legal thriller A Cure for Night, an ambitious and compulsively readable novel set in the cutthroat world of New York real estate. A concrete floor three hundred feet up in the Aurora Tower condo development in SoHo has collapsed, hurling three workers to their deaths. The developer, Roth Properties (owned by the famously abrasive Simon Roth), faces a vast tangle of legal problems, including allegations of mob connections. Roth’s longtime lawyers, the elite midtown law firm of Blake and Wolcott, is assigned the task of cleaning up the mess. Much of the work lands on the plate of smart, cynical, and sea­soned associate Duncan Riley; as a result, he falls into the pow­erful orbit of Leah Roth, the beautiful daughter of Simon Roth and the designated inheritor of his real estate empire. Meanwhile, Riley pursues a seemingly small pro bono case in which he attempts to forestall the eviction of Rafael Nazario and his grandmother from public housing in the wake of a pot bust. One night Rafael is picked up and charged with the mur­der of the private security cop who caught him, a murder that took place in another controversial “mixed income” housing development being built by . . . Roth Properties. Duncan Riley is now walking the knife edge of legal ethics and personal morality. Blind Man’s Alley is a suspenseful and kaleidoscopic journey through a world where the only rule is self- preservation. The New York Times Book Review said of A Cure for Night that “[Peacock] heads toward Scott Turow country . . . he’s got a good chance to make partner.” This taut, topical, and socially alert thriller delivers on that promise. From the Hardcover edition.
Category: Fiction

Airlift To America

Author : Tom Shachtman
ISBN : 9781429960908
Genre : History
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This is the long-hidden saga of how a handful of Americans and East Africans fought the British colonial government, the U.S. State Department, and segregation to transport to, or support at, U.S. and Canadian universities, between 1959 and 1963, nearly 800 young East African men and women who would go on to change their world and ours. The students supported included Barack Obama Sr., future father of a U.S. president, Wangari Maathai, future Nobel Peace Prize laureate, as well as the nation-builders of post-colonial East Africa -- cabinet ministers, ambassadors, university chancellors, clinic and school founders. The airlift was conceived by the unusual partnership of the charismatic, later-assassinated Kenyan Tom Mboya and William X. Scheinman, a young American entrepreneur, with supporting roles played by Jackie Robinson, Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, and Martin Luther King, Jr. The airlift even had an impact on the 1960 presidential race, as Vice-President Richard Nixon tried to muscle the State Department into funding the project to prevent Senator Jack Kennedy from using his family foundation to do so and reaping the political benefit. The book is based on the files of the airlift's sponsor, the African American Students Foundation, untouched for almost fifty years.
Category: History


Author : Tom Shachtman
ISBN : 9781466805132
Genre : Social Science
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A revelatory look at Amish youth as they have never been looked at before Rumspringa is a fascinating look at a little-known Amish coming-of-age ritual, the rumspringa—the period of "running around" that begins for their youth at age sixteen. Through vivid portraits of teenagers in Ohio and Indiana, Tom Shachtman offers an account of Amish life as a mirror to the soul-searching and questing that we recognize as a generally intrinsic part of adolescence. The trappings of the Amish way of life—the "plain" clothes and electricity-free farms—conceal the communities' mystery: how they manage to retain their young people and perpetuate themselves generation after generation. The key to this is the rumspringa, when Amish youth are allowed to live outside the bounds of their faith, experimenting with alcohol, premarital sex, trendy clothes, telephones, drugs, and wild parties. By allowing them such freedom, their parents hope they will learn enough to help them make the most important decision of their lives—whether to be baptized as Christians, join the church, and forever give up worldly ways, or to remain out in the world. In this searching book, Shachtman draws on his skills as a documentarian to capture young people on the cusp of a fateful decision, and to give us an original and deeply affecting portrait of the Amish as a whole.
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Boak Paris Boak Raad

Author : Annice M. Alt
ISBN : 9781499054095
Genre : Architecture
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“Boak & Paris may not be a household name in most households, but this architectural firm was key to the development of apartment buildings that are among the finest in New York City. Annice Alt’s book analyzes this firm and its exceptional buildings in detail and places them within the context of speculative real estate development. The book provides an important contribution to the understanding of the vernacular buildings that create the streetscapes that New Yorkers love and that give the city its unique character.” Andrew S. Dolkart Director, Historic Preservation Program, Columbia University School of Ar chitecture, Planning and Preservation; author of the award-winning The Row House Reborn: Architecture and Development in New York City, 1908–1929 and Morningside Heights: A History of its Architecture and Development" “Alt’s thoroughly researched book provides new information and insights into the architectural work of Boak & Paris and Boak & Raad. It is a surprise to discover the wealth of buildings, particularly the apartment houses that they are responsible for. Many of the Boak & Paris projects from the 1920–30’s employ interesting architectural terra-cotta elements. To revisit the apartments from the 1950s and 60s is a fascinating exercise. Fine period images are of great value in elucidating this quest.” Susan Tunick President, Friends of Terra Cotta; author, Terra-Cotta Skyline: New York’s Architectural Ornament “New York’s architecture buffs can rejoice: Annice Alt has completed her monograph on Boak & Paris. The personal approach she takes in her writing—and extensive quotations from original sources—bring us into the adventure of her research, where we meet not just Russell Boak and Hyman Paris, but also such august architectural personages as Emery Roth and Gaetan Ajello, along with the clients—such as plumber-turneddeveloper Sam Minskoff—who kept them busy during the middle decades of the 20th century, turning Manhattan into an island of cliff dwellers. ” Anthony W. Robins Architectural historian; author Grand Central Terminal: 100 Years of a New York Landmark and a guide t o New York City Art Deco architecture (forthcoming) “Boak was an unsung architect who was incapable of doing a bad drawing, a bad design. No one is comparable. Boak just had taste, he had class.” Elihu Rose Vice Chairman, Rose Associates, Inc.
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The Skyscraper Throne

Author : Tom Pollock
ISBN : 9780857055057
Genre : Fiction
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'An impeccably dark parable, endlessly inventive and utterly compelling' Mike Carey, author of The Girl with all the Gifts Welcome to the world of the Skyscraper Throne: a hidden London that lurks just beneath the surface of the city, full of marvels, magic . . . and menace. When seventeen-year-old graffiti artist Beth runs away from home, she doesn't suspect that beneath our London, lies a hidden world of creatures who live off the city, nor does she expect to find Filius Viae, the Urchin, the Son of the Streets, or to drag her friend Pen along with her. When war threatens to decimate this world Beth must decide - fight, or flee? This omnibus edition contains The City's Son, The Glass Republic and The Skyscraper Throne plus bonus material!
Category: Fiction

The Skyscraper That Flew And Other Stories

Author : Jesús Salvador Treviño
ISBN : 1611922909
Genre : Fiction
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"Arroyo Grande is an ordinary town where unusual things sometimes happen," Choo Choo Torres tells his friends. Indeed, this little West Texas town proves to be a place where unusual things often happen. From an enormous crystal skyscraper that mysteriously appears in the middle of the Arroyo Grande Sluggers' baseball field... a midnight media shower that inspires a pachanga, complete with music and concessions in an abandoned parking lot... a sudden shift in the whole town's circadian rhythms, keeping everyone up at night and asleep during the day... a repair shop in town that boasts "We Fix Anything" in the window and even extends the offer to broken hearts... this collection of short stories brims with offbeat events. In the sequel to The Fabulous Sinkhole and Other Stories, Jesus Salvador Trevino once again populates his hamlet with a lively community. There's Chicas Patas, a zoot-suited newcomer who speaks a 1940's-era slang; Yoli Mendez, a spunky teen who steals the show by performing quadratic equations in her head; Ed Carillo and Mayor Al Snyder, local politicians who seize every opportunity to campaign; and a bevy of other interesting and unique citizens of Arroyo Grande.
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Mad Wives And Island Dreams

Author : J. Philip Gabriel
ISBN : UVA:X004265254
Genre : Literary Collections
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This text presents a searching study of Shimao Toshio and his work. It is not only a thorough assessment of his literary legacy, but also aims to consider the broader issues relating to the emergence and nature of the postwar Japanese sense of identity. The book contextualizes Toshio's dream stories as a literary expression of wartime trauma, and argues that Shimao's powerful narration of guilt and victimization challenges standard readings of Japanese war literature.
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Hollywood Dreams And Biblical Stories

Author : Bernard Brandon Scott
ISBN : 0800627539
Genre : Performing Arts
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An accomplished biblical scholar here juxtaposes movies and New Testament themes to uncover the mythic dimensions of each and to explore the primary conflicts in American society. Brandon Scott's sage and savvy analysis of more than fifty recent popular American movies, from Dirty Harry to Robocop 2, from Pretty Woman to Thelma and Louise, opens a unique slant on American mythology. He delves into the deepest dreams and perennial tensions in American culture: wealth and poverty, race relations, moral aloneness, the superhero and the solo redeemer, violence and war, the mythical West, relations of the sexes, and fears of the future. These portrayals in turn launch him into the chief themes and mythic elements in the New Testament. In the conversation and mutual criticism that his book engenders, Scott clarifies the values that contemporary culture and the Bible might bring to each other.
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Business Week

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ISBN : UOM:39015021693711
Genre : Business
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Skyscraper Rivals

Author : Daniel Abramson
ISBN : UOM:39015049976833
Genre : Architecture
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The economics of skyscraper construction and the real-estate market of Wall Street are explained; also included are illuminating details and anecdotes surrounding each building's history. An essay by Carol Willis, director of New York's Skyscraper Museum, provides an introduction."--BOOK JACKET.
Category: Architecture