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Skyscrapers : A History of the World's Most Extraordinary Buildings -- Revised and Updated
by Judith Dupre and Adrian Smith


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Now, bigger than ever, this long-awaited revised edition of JudithDupre's best-selling "Skyscrapers" is a giant celebration of today's most significant superstructures. It features an all-new design with full-color photographs, 10 new buildings, and informative updates throughout.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Now, bigger than ever, this long-awaited revised edition of JudithDupre's best-selling "Skyscrapers" is a giant celebration of today's most significant superstructures. It features an all-new design with full-color photographs, 10 new buildings, and informative updates throughout.

Unique in scale and design, "Skyscrapers" explores in-depth more than 60 buildings, including One World Trade Center, Burj Dubai, the Shanghai World Financial Center, the Petronas Towers, the Tribune Tower, the Lipstick Building, and the Phare Tower. This completely revised and full-color edition presents 10 new buildings, among them The Shard in London (2012, Renzo Piano), the International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong (2010, Kohn Pedersen Fox), the Shanghai Tower (2014, Gensler Architects), and the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah (2018, Adrian Smith), which will be the tallest building in the world when completed.

Arranged chronologically by date of building construction, each informative spread has photos of the featured building from various angles, building plans, diagrams, the building's historical background, and technological information.

"Skyscrapers" also offers additional information on such topics as the ancient roots of skyscrapers and visionary cities of the future, as well as a fascinating interview with Philip Johnson, together with other profiles. New topics include the era of the megatall building, the building of a skyscraper, and the explosive growth of skyscrapers in Dubai and China.

Also includes interview with Adrian Smith.

"Praise forSkyscrapers: "

"""Drama. Treachery. Innovation. Massive buildings. Bigger egos. "Skyscrapers" has it all." -- Patrick J. Foye, Executive Director, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

"Dupre makes the most of a century of neck-craning architecture." --"The Washington Post"

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"Breathtaking. Magnificent, unique, very special. Exquisite. One-of-a-kind. Well researched. Beautifully designed." --Robert J. Bruss, Tribune Media Services

Praise for"Bridges"

"Dupre captivates the eye, mind and imagination." --"The New York Times""

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781579129422
  • ISBN-10: 1579129420
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers
  • Publish Date: November 2013
  • Page Count: 176


Related Categories

Books > Architecture > History - General
Books > Architecture > Buildings - Public, Commercial & Industrial
Books > Photography > Architectural & Industrial

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-11-18
  • Reviewer: Staff

This updated edition of Dupre's best-selling book gives an enthusiastic, pop-architecture tour of "supertall" buildings. Starting 125 years in the past but lingering particularly on the contemporary moment and notable structures yet to be completed, Dupre frames every building in its historical context, her essays explaining the basic concepts behind the design while accumulating a rough sketch of modern architectural history. For amateur architectural enthusiasts, the wealth of easily accessible information provides a welcome entrance into appreciating the structures for more than their sheer size. The book itself, however, doesn't shy away from exploiting the magnitude of the subject matter—its oversize format (the pages are roughly a foot-and-a-half tall) is an appropriate platform for the lavish photographs, indulgent enough in their immensity to be almost dizzying at times. For this updated version, Dupre provides solid insights on the future of such monumental buildings, dipping into the environmental and urban development considerations that will increasingly influence the function and design of skyscrapers. All together, this sweeping guide is a document of learned and often contagious fervor, ideal for any person who just wants to spend some time geeking out over incredibly tall buildings. Color illus. (Nov.)

 
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