Skyscraper: The Search for an American Style, 1891-1941 : Annotated Extracts from the First 50 Years of Architectural Record

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Roger Shepherd
McGraw-Hill, 2003 - Architecture - 297 pages
This work chronicles the skyscraper's emergence and architectural importance. It chronologically details the ascension of the skyscraper as an artform from 1891. It is broken down into six major time frames each characterized by the tallest building of the time. Subcategories tie the architecture to other themes of the time including materials, visionary architecture, commerce, style and philosophy. The text also examines each building in depth - how its inhabitants feel about its interior space, how they function as public cultural artefacts, how their designers conceived of their projects, and how they see them now.

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Roger Shepherd is a multi-faceted artist and designer whose projects include book design, videos, murals, garden design, low-income housing, and web design. He holds the Henry A. & Louise Loeb Chair of Fine Arts at Parsons School of Design, where he directs the B.F.A. and M.F.A. programs in painting and sculpture. He also writes monthly online features for the Architectural Record’s website.

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