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YAMASAKI IN DETROIT: A SEARCH FOR SERENITY. John Gallagher. A Painted Turtle Book, Wayne State University Press, Detroit, 2015. 128 pp. with 206 ills. (163 col.). 24 x 24 cm. LC 2015-935288 ISBN 9780814341193 In English.
Publisher's description: Although his best-known project was the World Trade Center in New York City, Japanese American architect Minoru Yamasaki (1912-1986) worked to create moments of surprise, serenity, and delight in distinctive buildings around the world. In his adopted home of Detroit, where he lived and worked for the last half of his life, Yamasaki produced many important designs that range from public buildings to offices and private residences. In Yamasaki in Detroit: A Search for Serenity, author John Gallagher presents both a biography of Yamasaki-or Yama as he was known-and an examination of his working practices, with an emphasis on the architect's search for a style that would express his artistic goals. Gallagher explores Yamasaki's drive to craft tranquil spaces amid bustling cities while other modernists favored "glass box" designs. He connects Yamasaki's design philosophy to tumultuous personal experiences, including the architect's efforts to overcome poverty, racial discrimination, and his own inner demons. Yamasaki in Detroit surveys select projects spanning from the late 1940s to the end of Yamasaki's life, revealing the unique gardens, pools, plazas, skylight atriums, and other oases of respite in these buildings.
Artist(s):Yamasaki, Minoru
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-1945 — Architecture — Other American Minority Artists
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 166470
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