Structures of Our Time: 31 Buildings that Changed Modern Life

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McGraw-Hill, 2002 - Architecture - 243 pages
The 31 buildings in question are recipients of the American Institute of Architects' 25-Year Award, granted annually to a structure whose impact has stood the test of a quarter century of time.

Going beyond appreciation, Shepherd's book is a search for meaning, exploring each building's conception, design process, and impact on community, users, architecture, and the culture itself.

Featuring work by immortals such as Frank Lloyd Wright; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Louis Kahn; Ludwig Mies van der Rohe; Eero Saarinen; and Charles and Ray Eames, Structures of Our Time takes you behind the drawing boards where historic breakthroughs first occurred. Less well-known architects and structures are also examined, bringing a rare balance to the story of 20th Century architecture.

The book's 400 lush images are a mix of historic and more recent photos, some iconic and some never before published. Preliminary plans and drawings fill out the rich visual array and tell as much as the text itself. Structures of Our Time is the first in a series of Architectural Record Books.

A traveling exhibition will premiere at Shepherd's book signing at the Octagon Museum in Washington, D.C. on January 10, 2002. The show will then be at the annual "Accent on Architecture" Gala at the National Building Museum in DC (organized by the American Architectural Foundation) on March 1, 2002 and be featured at the AIA Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina in May, 2002. The exhibition will be available for travel to sites around the country for 6 week bookings in 2002. Venues under consideration include public libraries, AIA Chapters, and smaller museums and galleries.

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Since 1969, the American Institute of Architects has given a 25-Year award to a building that is 25-35 years old, and is judged to have stood the test of time. This book contains the first 31 ... Read full review


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Shepherd is a multifaceted artist and designer whose projects include low-income housing, book design, videos, murals, garden design, and Web design. He holds the Henry & Louise Loeb Chair of Fine Arts at Parsons School of Design, where he teaches in the architecture department and directs the BFA and MFA programs in painting and sculpture.

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