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The PAN AM Building and the Shattering of the Modernist Dream
Author: Meredith L. Clausen

ISBN: 9780262532839
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 17 March 2006
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 20.3 x 2.5
Description:
Winner, Trade Illustrated Category, 2006 Association of American University Presses (AAUP) Book, Jacket, and Journal Show. and Received an Honorable Mention in the Architecture this "mute, massive, overscaled octagonal slab," as Clausen describes it, built over Grand Central Terminal, blocked the view down Park Avenue, created deep shadows where there had been sunlight, and poured 25,000 office workers on the sidewalks each morning and evening. As Clausen tells it, the story of the building--which was undistinguished architecturally but important because of its location and its moment in history--encompasses the end of modernism's social idealism, the decline of Gropius's and Belluschi's reputations, the victory of private interests over public good, the revival of architectural criticism in the press (both Ada Louise Huxtable and Jane Jacobs emerged as prominent and influential critics), the birth of the historic preservation movement, and the changing culture and politics of New York City.

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