Form Follows Finance: Skyscrapers and Skylines in New York and Chicago

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Princeton Architectural Press, 1995 - Immeubles de bureaux - Aspect économique - Illinois - Chicago - 217 pages
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"Although fundamental factors of program, technology, and economics make tall buildings everywhere take similar forms, skyscrapers in New York and Chicago developed very differently in the first half of the 20th century. In contrast to standard histories that counterpose the design philosophies of the Chicago and New York "schools," Form Follows Finance shows how market formulas produced characteristic forms in each city - "vernaculars of capitalism" - that resulted from local land-use patterns, municipal codes, and zoning. Refuting some common cliches of skyscraper history such as the equation of big buildings with big business and the idea of a "corporate skyline," this book emphasizes the importance of speculative development and the impact of real estate cycles on the forms of buildings. Form Follows Finance demonstrates that cities are complex commercial environments where buildings are businesses, space is a commodity, and location and image have value."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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This book was interesting in the fact that it was published twenty years ago and therefore only mentioned the Twin Towers once. Pre-9/11. The book was good, but not overly good. I think I'm glad I read it. Read full review

Review: Form Follows Finance: Skyscrapers and Skylines in New York and Chicago

User Review  - Goodreads

This book was interesting in the fact that it was published twenty years ago and therefore only mentioned the Twin Towers once. Pre-9/11. The book was good, but not overly good. I think I'm glad I read it. Read full review

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Carol Willis, an architectural historian and founder of The Skyscraper Museum.

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