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Designs of the Recent Past and for the Near Future

Eric Höweler

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Explores 100 mainly contemporary skyscrapers from around the world and speculates on the recent past and potential future of the skyscraper


No other building type captures the imagination like the skyscraper. Here, Eric Höweler presents convincing evidence that the future of tall buildings is as secure today as it was over one hundred years ago.

Described and accompanied by striking full-colour photography are over fifty new constructions that punctuate the skylines of the major cities around the world. Incisive essays delve into cutting-edge skyscraper design and building, as well as offering a brief history of the skyscraper, the evolution of the ‘green’ or sustainable skyscraper, their symbolism and design, and the meteoric rise of the skyscraper in Asia. A special section is devoted to the designs for Ground Zero, including never-before-published drawings and plans.

Far from being a dying form, the skyscraper continues to exert a huge influence on the international landscape, and a continued reinvention of the form awaits us in the next decade.

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'For wow factor alone, this book is a great flick through'

'Scholarly and beautifully illustrated'
The Leeds Guide

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Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Size: 21.0 x 16.5 cm

Extent: 240 pp

Illustrations: 278

Publication date: 1 December 2003

ISBN: 9780500284469

About the Author

Eric Höweler is an architect and co-founder of the award-winning design firm Höweler+Yoon Architecture with partner Meejin Yoon.

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