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BUILDING THE SKYLINE: THE BIRTH AND GROWTH OF MANHATTAN'S SKYSCRAPERS. Jason M. Barr. Oxford University Press, 2016. 456 pp. with 108 ills. 24 x 16 cm. ISBN 9780199344369 In English.
Publisher's description: The Manhattan skyline is one of the great wonders of the modern world. But how and why did it form? Much has been written about the city's architecture and its general history, but little work has explored the economic forces that created the skyline. In Building the Skyline, Jason Barr chronicles the economic history of the Manhattan skyline. In the process, he debunks some widely held misconceptions about the city's history. Starting with Manhattan's natural and geological history, Barr moves on to how these formations influenced early land use and the development of neighborhoods, including the dense tenement neighborhoods of Five Points and the Lower East Side, and how these early decisions eventually impacted the location of skyscrapers built during the Skyscraper Revolution at the end of the 19th century. Barr then explores the economic history of skyscrapers and the skyline, investigating the reasons for their heights, frequencies, locations, and shapes. He discusses why skyscrapers emerged downtown and why they appeared three miles to the north in midtown-but not in between the two areas.
Indexing: Western — United States — Several Periods — Architecture — Urban Planning
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 175269
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