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Edward Denison

How To Read Skyscrapers

$20.00

Edward Denison

How To Read Skyscrapers

$20.00

Offers a deep and rich understanding of the skyscraper by providing a comprehensive account of this unique and captivating building-type, from its origins in myth and legend to its future potential in satisfying humankind's needs and aspirations. The ultimate field guide to the icon of modern architecture - the skyscraper - in a handy format small enough to fit in a back pocket while providing serious information. The scope of the book is deliberately broad, with a thematic first section that describes the skyscraper's historical evolution from antecedents rooted in the very human desire for a commanding height, and then a geographical second section. Conceptual chapters introduce advancements in engineering and materials that permitted the first 'tall' buildings to rise at the end of the 19th century and explore the skyscraper's role in fuelling our imaginations through different modes of cultural expression. This detailed yet compact guide to understanding skyscrapers -- from the earliest steel-framed Chicago high-rises to the most recent Manhattan super-tall condominium -- is the latest addition to the highly successful How to Read... series.