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Skyscrapers: A History of the World's Most Extraordinary Buildings Hardcover – October 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers; 2nd edition (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579127878
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579127879
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.8 x 18.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #933,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An eye-popping shelf-scraper...an elevating experience." (Gene Shalit, Today )

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Rising majestically above the hubbub of crowded cities or standing in solitude against a natural backdrop, skyscrapers captivate the eye, excite the imagination, and inspire awe. Wonders of creativity and ingenuity, they embody the best of our practical achievements and reflect our highest aspirations.

This magnificent chronological tour of the world’s tallest buildings—thoroughly revised and updated since its initial publication, and featuring cutting edge work by today’s international superstars of architecture—stands as the most thorough, authoritative, and eye-popping book on the subject, as dramatic in presentation as the structures it celebrates. Breathtaking photographs capture the buildings’ details as well as their monumental scale; architectural drawings and plans invite you behind the scenes as new buildings take shape; and lively commentary on each building explores its particular significance and provides historic context. Throughout, informative profiles, features, and statistics make Skyscrapers an invaluable reference as well as a visual feast.

From a church built to the glory of God to monuments that symbolize national or civic pride, to buildings so forward thinking that they contribute to the betterment of the environment, the 62 structures included here encompass the very best and most ingenious of our history, spanning some 125 years and circling the globe. The 15 astonishing “supertalls” that have been added to this edition represent flights of imagination and feats of engineering that the skyscraper’s earliest pioneers could never have dreamed of.

“To say that the megatall landscape has changed since this book was first published in 1996 is an understatement,” comments the author in her forward. “We are in the midst of a new skyscraper boom…Skyscraper design, now embraced by the global community, has entered a flamboyant, no-holds-barred era of exhilarating, highly personal exploration of the extreme frontiers of structural and creative possibility.”

Every civilization has expressed in buildings both sacred and secular the eternal quest to reach ever upward toward the sky. Skyscrapers invites you to relish in the stunning works born of that quest.


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More About the Author

Judith Dupré is passionate about buildings. She writes about history through the lens of a single building type, whether skyscrapers, bridges, memorials, or churches. She has written books about all these subjects, including Skyscrapers, the best selling book in the world on that topic; Bridges; Churches, a New York Times bestseller; and Monuments: America's History in Art and Memory. Above all, she seeks to engage and delight those who profess "not to know much" about architecture.

A storyteller with an ear for the telling anecdote, Dupré's writing has garnered praise from publications ranging from The Oprah Magazine ("magisterial, meticulously researched") to The New Criterion ("a scholar with a novelist's eye for detail and a journalist's easy style").

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Dupré holds degrees from Brown and Yale Universities and studied at the Open Atelier of Design and Architecture in Manhattan. She has received numerous prestigious awards and fellowships, including grants from Yale, New York State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She has been named twice a Fellow of the MacDowell Colony, the oldest artists' colony in the U.S. In 2004, the Westchester Arts Council awarded her the Artists Award, the county's highest cultural honor, citing her as a "champion of the arts and literacy."

An intrepid traveler, amateur gardener, and weekend cruciverbalist, she lives outside New York City with her sons. Join Judith on Twitter (@JudithDupre) or Facebook! (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Skyscrapers-A-History-of-the-Worlds-Most-Extraordinary-Buildings/576890259042348?ref=hl) Also visit: www.judithdupre.com.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Gerometta on November 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is an updated version of Judith Dupre's masterpiece published in 1996. In the last 15 years the world has seen a skyscraper boom like nothing before in history. There have been dozens of "coffee table" books about tall buildings published during this period, but none have captured the passion for architecture and engineering like this series. I am happy to see this latest edition which features about 15 new buildings along with updated photos and information on the buildings featured in the first edition.

The book features a great mixture of some of the most famous skyscrapers, current projects and a few proposals presented in the same "tall" format. With current technology and structural materials, we are able to design unusually shaped buildings and go higher than ever, along with keeping in tune with nature. The highlight of the new edition is Burj Dubai, the tallest structure ever built by man, which is still under construction. When completed, it will be approximately the height of 2 Empire State Buildings!

Also check out "Bridges", "Churches" and "Monuments" by this author, all presented in an innovative format just as "Skyscrapers" has achieved.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vagnini Marco on December 18, 2008
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This new edition of "Skyscrapers" is even more astonishing than the first one! New pictures, new buildings (and some additional classic ones too). This is a "must have" for the bookshelf of people interested in architecture, design, engineering, and graphic design (the lay-out is well tuned to the book's content). Don't forget to see Bridges by the same author, obviously, it is a very lonnnnnnng book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fiona Lowther on March 26, 2011
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This is a fascinating volume that will be of interest to architecture fans, travelers, engineers,future historians, and stay-at-homes who like to see pictures of far-away places.
The volume is tall and skinny, like the buildings it pictures. A great gift, a great coffee table book, a book to return to again and again.
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By Jorge Ramos Cantú on February 26, 2013
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My son love it, it is better that I expected. Nice photos with interesting information. I do recomend this book.
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it's original, good qualiti and fast shiping . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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