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"Goldberger's seemingly-effortless prose takes us through the frenzy of the building boom to the burst of the housing bubble, from Dubai to Chicago, and every starchitect-crossed destination in between." —FastCompany

"Paul's greatest contribution is his writing about cities. How architecture hits the pavement, how projects relate to their surroundings, how physical change affects how we feel about places is his genius." —Kent Barwick, President of the Municipal Art Society of New York

"[Paul Goldberger is] a great journalist whose writing has been invaluable in promoting a deeper and more intelligent understanding of urbanism, city making and sustainable urban development." —Darren Walker, Rockefeller Foundation

"[Paul Goldberger's criticism is] at once elevated and street smart, able to convey sweeping cultural meaning yet precise in its description of architectural detail." —Blair Kamin, architecture critic for the Chicago Tribune

About the Author

Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Paul Goldberger started his career at the New York Times and is currently the architecture critic for The New Yorker magazine. He is a frequent contributor to books on architecture and the author most recently of Up from Zero: Politics, Architecture, and the Rebuilding of New York and Counterpoint: Daniel Libeskind in Conversation with Paul Goldberger.
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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: The Monacelli Press (October 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580932649
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580932646
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1.4 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This is a collection of Paul Goldberger's "New Yorker" and "Metropoilis" writings.

The essays cover a wide range of architectural and urban issuess.
Current publication is organized in thematic sections:

1. Buildings that Matter
2. Places and People
3. New York
4. Present and Past
5. Museums
6. Ways of Living

Over 50 essays, he wrote about NY, architecture, architects, museums, cities, and design.
Some writings are on new buildings by star architects, some on passed architects (Eames & Kahn),
some on luxury apartment in NY.

He zooms in for us to acknowledge what kind of strokes architect
used in his details to achieve particular effect. He zooms out for us to see the setting
and it's impact on the public. His microscopic and telescopic analysis skills also extends
to invisible state of architectural imagination and creativity.

Anyone can experience a building and like it.
But, good writings can double the experience, Goldberger's writings are like that.

His writings on Kahn can be sublimely profound, his writings on luxury condos can be sarcastically
witty. His writings on Robert Moses of NY and Burnham of Chicago explains why Paul is Paul.
History is resuscitated with present glamour. His thoughts on "white brick (glass)" overflows with
insights.

I was touring west coast -SF, LA, Seattle- when I read this book (I bought my copy in Borders,
4th Avenue, near Seattle Center). I couldn't agree more of his writings on De Young, Getty Villa,
Disney, Moneo's Church, and Rem's library. Each architects' strengths are well organized and
balanced.
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Brilliant and scholarly! Very fascinating reflections on architecture. Excellent Book!!!
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This book is a collection of articles written by Paul Goldberger and published in the New Yorker and Metropolis magazines between 1997 and 2009. This makes for very short, eminently readable chapters. They are not grouped chronologically but thematically : People and Places, Museums, Buildings that Matter, etc.

Though not groundbreaking, this provides an enthralling critical overview of architectural production, exhibitions and books over that period, not only in New York City but throughout America and around the world.

The author is very respectful of his sources and generally soft-spoken, though far from colourless. On certain subjects, such as the Westin Hotel on 42nd Street, he is actually quite vehement.

True to the New Yorker tradition, illustrations are not this book's strongpoint and, regrettably, at most one black and white photograph is provided for each chapter.

Overall, this book is strongly recommended to architecture and urban aficionados. For more detailed information on New York City's development in recent decades, one may wish to refer to the massive «New York 2000», where Mr. Goldberger is deservedly much quoted.
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