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New York 1960: Architecture and Urbanism Between the Second World War and the Bicentennial Hardcover – October 1, 1997
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The epic length of the book allows the authors to go into incredible detail. The book is divided into chapters primarily by neighborhood. There are also chapters devoted to the topic of interior decoration, the 1964-65 World's Fair, "Beyond the Boroughs," "Historic Preservation," and "New York and the Arts." The numerous b&w photographs, averaging more than one per page, are stunning.
A chapter titled "Death by Development" walks the reader through the ideology of the era that led to public housing monstrosities, as well as middle-class housing of dubious aesthetic and structural integrity. This same chapter discusses proposals for air-raid shelters, some of which would have had expanses large enough to hold a nine-story building, as well as the 1945 incident in which a US military plane crashed into the Empire State Building. The same chapter shifts to transportation issues, and presents a 1951 proposal for an unconventional "people mover" under 42nd Street, and the beginning of construction in 1972 on the Second Avenue subway (which perhaps, will open sometime in my lifetime). All this in just one of seventeen chapters - gives you some idea of the expansiveness and thoroughness of this book.
Many readers will take special note of the eight pages devoted to the World Trade Center. This book was written before "9-11," and the book's coverage of the WTC is haunting, to say the least.Read more ›
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This is the volume that completes my collection of this poduction. I only have 4 volumes as the "1900" volume is far too expensive right now.Published on July 27, 2013 by Ronald Philip Best
This book, despite of its post-modern 'aura' brings crucial information for those are investigating about NY buildings, in my case, skyscrapers of Midtown Manhattan. Read morePublished on November 12, 2012 by NYaddict