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At first, the title seems broad. And, well, it is; there are plenty of skyscrapers out there. But only 30, some of which are still under construction, receive detailed treatments by Wells, a practicing structural engineer. Wells dedicates most of his text to construction principles, which architecture and engineering buffs will appreciate. The text is supplemented by lively photos as well as architectural plans and blueprints. Behind the visual comprehensiveness, though, is a downside: the language is often stilted. For instance, in the write-up of the Swiss Re building in London, Wells writes, "The striking silhouette records how a design process that draws together the ideas of disparate thinkers and inventors, identifying their essences and then reconciling these with tested methods to make a new whole, can create a radical-looking building while remaining within an essentially conservative remit." Such roundabout language, unfortunately, is used throughout the book. Still, even without the verbal finesse, the book's worth a look for its technically sound and well-presented information. 75 b/w and 175 color illustrations.
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Drawing from construction in the past decade, Wells critiques 29 notable new skyscrapers, including a ski jump in Austria and a spirelike tower in Dublin, Ireland. Exhibiting no dominant aesthetic or engineering trait (except in East Asia, where the title for world's tallest building is avidly contested), the collection of structures draws Wells' analysis of each edifice's distinctive features and its compatibility with its neighborhood. He discerns a trend, however, in several designs' application of aerodynamics to lessen wind loads; one radical building (the Wing Tower in Glasgow, Scotland) freely pivots, behaving like a weathervane. Another curvy shape in London (the Swiss Re^B Headquarters) looks like an artillery shell crossed with a Faberge egg. An office building, it at least has a practical purpose, something lacking in one outright folly Wells describes. Go to Las Vegas and see the Stratosphere Tower, which, crowned by a roller coaster, seems to symbolize its own artificiality and that of the city it bestrides. Whatever statement contemporary buildings make, Wells' generously illustrated album translates it for architecture fans. Gilbert Taylor
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (September 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300106793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300106794
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 1 x 12.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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well designed, nice pictures and drawings...but lack of quality info's about what is essential in skyscrapers and that is structure..
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Great insight into some of the world's most iconic skyscrapers. focused solely on modern structures of the past decade or so.
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