Icons of American Architecture: From the Alamo to the World Trade Center

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2009 - Architecture - 589 pages

What turns a building into an icon? What is it about some structures that makes their history and legend even more important than their original intended use, making them a part of American, and world, popular culture? Twenty four buildings and structures, including the Brooklyn Bridge, the White House, the Hotel del Coronado, and the Washington Monument are presented here, along with their roles in fiction, film, music, and the imagination of people worldwide. Approximately twenty five images are included in the set, along with sidebars featuring additional structures.


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DONALD LANGMEAD is an adjunct professor at Louis Laybourne Smith School of Design, University of South Australia. Now retired, his primary training is as an architect, although he has spent most of his professional life in academia. He holds postgraduate qualifications in city planning, and the history of architecture. Langmead has published nine books in the field (four as joint author) in Australia and the USA, as well as many articles in Australian and overseas journals.

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