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Skyscraper - The Politics and Power of Building New York City in the Twentieth Century (Hardcover): Benjamin Flowers

Skyscraper - The Politics and Power of Building New York City in the Twentieth Century (Hardcover)

Benjamin Flowers

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Selected by "Choice" magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2010Nowhere 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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Imprint: University of PennsylvaniaPress
Country of origin: United States
Release date: September 2009
First published: 2009
Authors: Benjamin Flowers
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 22mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 240
ISBN-13: 978-0-8122-4184-6
Categories: Books > Humanities > History
Books > Humanities > History > American history
Books > Humanities > History > American history > General
Books > History > American history
Books > History > American history > General
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LSN: 0-8122-4184-3
Barcode: 9780812241846

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