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Skyscrapers: A History of the World's Most Extraordinary Buildings Hardcover – October 1, 2008
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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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John Lars Zwerenz
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.
The page layouts are in a class of their own, visually enticing and combining art and information seamlessly. The sidebars are joy of balance and usefulness.
Dupre comes across as a well tuned mind, completely familiar with and sensitive to the pertinent technical aspects of the structures. That she can now mix this with a highly developed sense of aesthetics and convey this in a text which is without a hint of pretension or ponderousness, makes these books an absolute delight.
The overall choice of pictures is excellent, bar a few, but one senses the enormous difficulty in sourcing suitable images that will fill the format and capture the essence of the subjects.
It is near impossible to over-recommend her books, and one can only hope that she turns her amazing talents to bringing out a book on perhaps great generic civil engineering feats such as roads, viaducts, overpasses, dams, tunnels, airports etc.
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.