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How to Read Skyscrapers: A crash course in high-rise architecture

Edward Denison

  • Format: Book

  • Pages: 256

  • Publisher: Ivy Press

  • Date Published: May 2019

  • Stock Code: 40602

  • ISBN: 9781782406495

  • Binding: Paperback

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The ultimate field guide to the icon of modern architecture - the skyscraper - in a handy format small enough to fit in a back pocket while providing serious information. The scope of the book is deliberately broad, with a thematic first section that describes the skyscraper's historical evolution from antecedents rooted in the very human desire for a commanding height, and then a geographical second section.

Conceptual chapters introduce advancements in engineering and materials that permitted the first "tall" buildings to rise at the end of the 19th century and explore the skyscraper's role in fuelling our imaginations through different modes of cultural expression. This detailed yet compact guide to understanding skyscrapers -- from the earliest steel-framed Chicago high-rises to the most recent Manhattan super-tall condominium -- is the latest addition to the highly successful How to Read... series.

With a very accessible price point, it will appeal to all readers who want to know more about and better understand these iconic structures that transform the built environment. Filled with detailed drawings, plans, and photographs, this is both a fascinating architectural history and an effective I-spy guide -- a must-read for anyone with an interest in architecture, design, engineering, and urbanism in general.

About the Author

Edward Denison

Dr Edward Denison is a Lecturer at The Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL) and an independent consultant, writer and photographer specialising in global histories of architecture and the built environment. His work for various international organisations in places as diverse as Africa, China and Europe regularly features in print, electronic and broadcast media internationally. In 2016 he won the RIBA President’s Medal for Research for ‘Asmara - Africa’s Modernist City’ and was very instrumental in the Eritrean capital being included on the World Heritage list in August 2017. Edward specialises in consulting on Urban Development and Cultural Heritage, Architectural Photography, Professional Research, Writing for academic, specialist and public readerships, and Sustainable Design.

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