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Exit to Tomorrow: History of the Future, World's Fair Architecture, Design, Fashion 1933-2005 Hardcover – October 2, 2007

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Paola Antonelli is Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Andrew Garn is an award-winning photographer based in New York whose books include Subway Style, Bethlehem Steel, and The Houseboat Book. Udo Kultermann is a New York-based architectural historian and art historian, and author of over thirty-five books, including History of Art Theory, History of Art History, and Modern Architecture in Color. Stephen Van Dyk is the Librarian at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Library.
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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Universe; First Edition (US) First Printing edition (October 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789315319
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789315311
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,527,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson on December 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
An interesting though none too vigorous survey of thirteen world fairs and expositions. It really covers twelve in any detail because the 1942 Rome effort didn't get much passed the planning stage. Udo Kultermann provides a twenty page fairs overview describing the inspired origins of the 1851 Crystal Palace and 1889 Paris Fair which set the standard for future endeavors (incidentally, in my copy page twenty-one repeats three paragraphs from page nine).

Two Fairs, Chicago (1933/4) and New York (1939/40) probably deserve the extensive coverage they get in the book. Both occurred at trying times and projected a bright future courtesy of science and both had huge attendances. After the Second World War fairs gradually changed from mechanical and science oriented to the problems and suggested solutions facing man in the modern world. Whatever the theme any fair allowed designers and architects to indulge in fantasy for a few months before the structures were torn down. Fortunately there are still standing reminders of these past futures: the Atomium, Brussels (1958) the Seattle (1962) Space Needle, the Unisphere from New York (1964) or Moshe Sadie's Habitat from Montreal Expo (1967) for example.

The book's sub-title: World's Fairs Architecture, Design, Fashion 1933--2005 is basically covered pictorially with two hundred photos or more. I thought this had an inherent editorial weakness because they are mostly PR shots and unfortunately the quality various enormously. I think a much more rigorous photo selection would have helped by deleting several of the soft focus or confusing images. Strangely there is a major omission: none of the Fairs have a site map.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Menick on July 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I liked looking at the pictures, but I missed having more text. The text is only intros to each fair, and to be honest, what's there is bland, contradictory (more than one fair is credited with introducing television. for example) and there was even one page reprinted out of sync. Still, the pictures are mostly new to me on some of the less well-written-up expos. So, good for filling a collection, not a starting point.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kevin G. Coulombe on November 7, 2008
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This is an interesting but disappointing book. There seem to be more illustrated postcards and illustrator renderings rather than actual photographs of the actual architecture. There is a dramatic and frightening photo of the Paris 1937 Germany pavilion that is captioned. The caption discusses it and its ominous juxstaposition with the Soviet pavilion but then fails to picture it. Perhaps the photos I am looking for don't exist but that is what I was looking for in this book. Still, it is a good start, many of the pictures and illustrations of the architecture are fascinating. Perhaps someone will build on this publication. A worlds fair of the past worlds fair's architecture would be awesome to visit.
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