Skyscraper

In Skyscraper, Benjamin Flowers explores the role of culture and ideology in shaping the construction of skyscrapers and the way wealth and power have operated to reshape the urban landscape.

Skyscraper
The Politics and Power of Building New York City in the Twentieth Century

Benjamin Flowers

2009 | 240 pages | Cloth $39.95
History | Architecture
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Narratives of the Built Environment: Architecture, Ideology, and Skyscrapers

PART I. THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING: THE SETBACK SKYSCRAPER, THE GREAT DEPRESSION, AND AMERICAN MODERNISM
1 Building, Money, and Power
2 Setback Skyscrapers and American Architectural Development
3 Capital Nightmares
4 The Politics of American Architecture in the 1930s

PART II. THE SEAGRAM BUILDING: THE ASCENSION OF THE INTERNATIONAL STYLE AND A SOMBER MONUMENT TO CORPORATE AUTHORITY
5 Architecture Culture into the 1950s
6 Clients and Architect
7 Gangland's Grip on Business
8 Modern Architecture and Corporate America in the 1950s

PART III. THE WORLD TRADE CENTER: URBAN RENEWAL, GLOBAL CAPITALISM, AND REGENERATION THROUGH VIOLENCE
9 Regeneration Through Violence
10 The Rhetoric and Reality of Urban Renewal
11 Cathedrals of Commerce: Minoru Yamasaki, Skyscraper Design, and the Rise of Postmodernism

Conclusion: Into the Future
Epilogue

Notes
Index
Acknowledgments