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Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781580934244
Author(s): Mark Pasnik
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2015
Publisher: Monacelli Press
Dimensions: 178 x 254 x 33 (w x l x h)
Pages: 336

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Often problematically labeled as Brutalist architecture, the concrete buildings that transformed Boston during 1960s and 1970s were conceived with progressive-minded intentions by some of the world s most influential designers, including Marcel Breuer, Le Corbusier, I. M. Pei, Henry Cobb, Araldo Cossutta, Gerhard Kallmann and Michael McKinnell, Paul Rudolph, Josep Lluis Sert, and The Architects Collaborative. As a worldwide phenomenon, building with concrete represents one of the major architectural movements of the postwar years, but in Boston it was deployed in more numerous and diverse civic, cultural, and academic projects than in any other major U.S. city. After decades of stagnation and corrupt leadership, public investment in Boston in the 1960s catalyzed enormous growth, resulting in a generation of bold buildings that shared a vocabulary of concrete modernism. The period from the 1960 arrival of Edward J. Logue as the powerful and often controversial director of the Boston Redevelopment Authority to the reopening of Quincy Market in 1976 saw Boston as an urban laboratory for the exploration of concrete s structural and sculptural qualities. What emerged was a vision for the city s widespread revitalization often referred to as the New Boston. Today, when concrete buildings across the nation are in danger of insensitive renovation or demolition, 'Heroic' presents the concrete structures that defined Boston during t
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