The Resource Impossible heights : skyscrapers, flight, and the master builder, Adnan Morshed

Impossible heights : skyscrapers, flight, and the master builder, Adnan Morshed

Label
Impossible heights : skyscrapers, flight, and the master builder
Title
Impossible heights
Title remainder
skyscrapers, flight, and the master builder
Statement of responsibility
Adnan Morshed
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
" The advent of the airplane and skyscraper in 1920s and '30s America offered the population an entirely new way to look at the world: from above. The captivating image of an airplane flying over the rising metropolis led many Americans to believe a new civilization had dawned. In Impossible Heights, Adnan Morshed examines the aesthetics that emerged from this valorization of heights and their impact on the built environment. The lofty vantage point from the sky ushered in a modernist impulse to cleanse crowded twentieth-century cities in anticipation of an ideal world of tomorrow. Inspired by great new heights, American architects became central to this endeavor and were regarded as heroic aviators. Combining close readings of a broad range of archival sources, Morshed offers new interpretations of works such as Hugh Ferriss's Metropolis drawings, Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion houses, and Norman Bel Geddes's Futurama exhibit at the 1939 New York World's Fair. Transformed by the populist imagination into "master builders," these designers helped produce a new form of visuality: the aesthetics of ascension. By demonstrating how aerial movement and height intersect with popular "superman" discourses of the time, Morshed reveals the relationship between architecture, art, science, and interwar pop culture. Featuring a marvelous array of never before published illustrations, this richly textured study of utopian imaginings illustrates America's propulsion into a new cultural consciousness. "--
Assigning source
Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
720.1/08
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
NA2543.S6
LC item number
M67 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Label
Impossible heights : skyscrapers, flight, and the master builder, Adnan Morshed
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : The Aesthetics of Ascension -- Hugh Ferriss and the "Harmonious Development of Man" -- Ascension as Autobiography : Buckminster Fuller and His "Land to Sky, Outward Progression" -- The Master Builder as Superman : Norman Bel Geddes's Futurama -- Epilogue : The God's-Eye Vision
Control code
ocn877364989
Dimensions
27 cm
Extent
xi, 291 pages
Isbn
9780816673186
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014024833
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)877364989
  • (Sirsi) a1815045

Library Locations

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      29.759431 -95.369953
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