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Skyscrapers: A History of the World's Most Extraordinary Buildings -- Revised and Updated [Hardcover]

Judith Dupre , Adrian Smith
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5 Nov 2013
Unique in scale and design, the book features more than 60 buildings including the One World Trade Centre, Burj Dubai, Shanghai World Financial Centre, the Petronas Towers, the Tribune Tower, the Lipstick Building and the Phare Tower. New buildings include the London Bridge Tower (2012, Renzo Piano), the International Commerce Tower (Hong Kong, 2010, Kohn Pederson Fox), the Shanghai Tower (2014, Gensler Architects) and the Kingdom Tower (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 2018, Adrian Smith), which will be the tallest building in the world when completed. Arranged chronologically by the date the building was built, the book includes features on such topics as the ancient roots of skyscrapers and visionary cities of the future, as well as a fascinating interview with Philip Johnson and other profiles. New topics include the era of the Megatall buildings, the building of a skyscraper and the explosion of skyscrapers in Dubai and China. Each informative spread includes photos of the building from various angles, building plans, diagrams, the building's historical background, technological information and more.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers Inc; Revised and Updated ed edition (5 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579129420
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579129422
  • Product Dimensions: 45.7 x 23.9 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Look up! Architectural historian Dupre, who's also written about bridges ("Bridges: A History of the World's Most Important Spans"), churches ("Churches)," and monuments ("Monuments: America's History in Art and Memory"), has updated her 1996 "instant classic" with 15 new essays and plenty of new contenders for World's Tallest Building. Reflecting the many changes in the world, and in the world of architecture, since 1996, the new edition looks at the myriad "supertalls" in China and elsewhere, the wave of "green" skyscrapers, and the barrier-busting work of architects such as Adrian Smith, who designed the current tall champion, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The Burj Khalifa won't hold the title for long: Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture are busy working on the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, which will top out at one kilometer. It's scheduled to be completed in 2018. The book's design is supertall itself, measuring 9? x 18? to really make the gorgeous renderings and photos pop. Dupre starts with the world's first skyscraper (Chicago's Home Insurance Building, built in 1885, demolished in 1931) and proceeds through the classics like the Flatiron Building, the Chrysler Building, and the Empire State Building in New York, Marina City and the Sears Tower (now the Willis Tower) in Chicago, to newer achievements in building height located in London, Atlanta, Sweden, Asia and various Arab countries. I spent a lot of time gazing at the photos of Cesar Pelli's beautiful design for the Petronas Towers in Juala Lumpur, Malaysia, the tallest building(s) in the world from 1997 2004. Dupre writes: Although Pelli was charged with creating a design that would be uniquely Malaysian, there was little authentically Malaysian design in the city: British Colonialists had built its most significant buildings and its commercial structures were rendered in a nondescript International Style. The only truly traditional constructions were short bamb

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Judith Dupre is the author of numerous books including Bridges (BD&L), Churches, and Monuments. She lectures and teaches widely on the subjects of art and architecture.

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The book's wonderful, unusual shape is very appropriate for a book about skyscrapers - though it does make it rather a bulky and tricky book to carry about as it won't fit into most bags. However the overall production qualities and impressive photography does ample justice to the buildings it documents. A great book, and not just for architecture buffs.
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I purchased this book for my son who is 6 years old and has developed a keen interest in skyscrapers. This has to be the most up to date and detailed book that I have come across. We both love sitting and reading about each building. The book is quite large and heavy in size which is wonderful as the photos are so large and shows lots of details. Well worth the buy if you are interested in architecture... you will not be disappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars SKYSCRAPERS 23 April 2014
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Being an Engineer I found the book an excellent treatise on tall buildings . It is well illustrated and the text is concise and lucid .
The large format throws a different bent on book presentation , but it is pleasing . I enjoyed reading it and recommend it to anyone interested in tall buildings and their construction , whether one is a professional , or somebody interested in what goes on around them .
Very good and upto date .
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Well illustrated and well documented. Up to date overview of sky scrapers all over the world, with lost of interesting details.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding tour of superb buildings 9 Jan 2014
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Bought as present for a friend, who's totally delighted with it. i peered inside and was amazed at the stunning photography of the world's tallest buildings. Must get it for myself one day!
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