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INTERIOR URBANISM: ARCHITECTURE, JOHN PORTMAN AND DOWNTOWN AMERICA. Charles Rice. Bloomsbury Academic, Bloomsbury Publishing, London, 2016. 174 pp. with 61 ills. 24 x 17 cm. ISBN 9781472581204 In English.
Paperbound edition also available; see Worldwide 169098. Publisher's description: Vast interior spaces have become ubiquitous in the contemporary city. The soaring atriums and concourses of mega-hotels, shopping malls and transport interchanges define an increasingly normal experience of being 'inside' in a city. Yet such spaces are also subject to intense criticism and claims that they can destroy the quality of a city's authentic life 'on the outside'. Interior Urbanism explores the roots of this contemporary tension between inside and outside, identifying and analysing the concept of interior urbanism and tracing its history back to the works of John Portman and Associates in 1960s and 70s America. Portman " increasingly recognised as an influential yet understudied figure " was responsible for projects such as Peachtree Center in Atlanta and the Los Angeles Bonaventure Hotel, developments that employed vast internal atriums to define a world of possibilities not just for hotels and commercial spaces, but for the future of the American downtown amid the upheavals of the 1960s and 70s.
Artist(s):John Portman and Associates (firm)
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-1945 — Architecture, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 169097
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