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Author Nobel, Philip, author

Title The future of the skyscraper / Philip Nobel [and 8 others]
Published New York : Metropolis Books, [2015]


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Description 127 pages : color illsutrations ; 17 cm
Series SOM Thinkers
SOM thinkers.
Contents Machine generated contents note: The Unbuilt Towers of Futurity / Bruce Sterling -- Never Had People Lived in Such Aerial Splendor / Tom Vanderbilt -- An American Versailles / Matthew Yglesias -- The Form Could Be Reborn / Diana Lind -- Isenshard / Will Self -- Buildings Are Not Supposed to Move / Emily Badger -- A Singularity of Integrated Functions / Dickson Despommier -- Yuri Avvakumov's House of Cards / Michael Govan
Summary Engines of industry, expressions of ego or will, tall towers are nonetheless, when they pierce the shared skies, intensely public. We may ask of them artistic questions: what do we make of these things we make? What do these forms mean? But also, because architecture is forever tied to real life, we may ask of them questions of a political, economic and technological nature-as well as those, touching on the body and the mind and the soul, that we may simply call human. In this volume, Bruce Sterling describes four possible futures that might shape future towers, presenting a choose-your-own-adventure of potential futures for architecture, some of them terrifying in their nearness. We peer up at skyscrapers old and new, visit their highest floors, turn them this way and that to see them clearly through the psychology (Tom Vanderbilt) and physiology (Emily Badger) of living and working on high, and through the lens of policy in the low-rise counterexample of Washington, DC (Matthew Yglesias). Diana Lind tests the idea of tall against the more sprawling needs of those spatially mundane but transformative new economy industries that may well be the supertall clients of the future. Will Self looks back in literature, film and recent urban history to write forward toward a new understanding of the tower in the popular imagination
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Subject Skyscrapers -- Social aspects.
Author Nobel, Philip, editor, writer of introduction
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, issuing body
ISBN 1938922786