Skyscrapers: A History of the World's Most Extraordinary Buildings

Introduction by Adrian Smith
by Judith Dupre

Black Dog & Leventhal | October 1, 2008 | Hardcover

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Now, bigger than ever, this long-awaited revised edition of Judith Dupré''s best-selling Skyscrapers is a giant celebration of today''s most significant superstructures. It features an all-new design with full-color photographs, 10 new buildings, and informative updates throughout.

Unique in scale and design, Skyscrapers explores in-depth more than 60 buildings, including One World Trade Center, Burj Dubai, the Shanghai World Financial Center, the Petronas Towers, the Tribune Tower, the Lipstick Building, and the Phare Tower. This completely revised and full-color edition presents 10 new buildings, among them The Shard in London (2012, Renzo Piano), the International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong (2010, Kohn Pedersen Fox), the Shanghai Tower (2014, Gensler Architects), and the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah (2018, Adrian Smith), which will be the tallest building in the world when completed.

Arranged chronologically by date of building construction, each informative spread has photos of the featured building from various angles, building plans, diagrams, the building''s historical background, and technological information.

Skyscrapers also offers additional information on such topics as the ancient roots of skyscrapers and visionary cities of the future, as well as a fascinating interview with Philip Johnson, together with other profiles. New topics include the era of the megatall building, the building of a skyscraper, and the explosive growth of skyscrapers in Dubai and China.

Also includes interview with Adrian Smith.

Praise for Skyscrapers:

"Drama. Treachery. Innovation. Massive buildings. Bigger egos. Skyscrapers has it all." -- Patrick J. Foye, Executive Director, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

"Dupré makes the most of a century of neck-craning architecture." -- The Washington Post


"Breathtaking. Magnificent, unique, very special. Exquisite. One-of-a-kind. Well researched. Beautifully designed." -- Robert J. Bruss, Tribune Media Services

Praise for Bridges:

"Dupré captivates the eye, mind and imagination." -- The New York Times

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 160 Pages, 7.87 × 18.11 × 0.39 in

Published: October 1, 2008

Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1579127878

ISBN - 13: 9781579127879

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Skyscrapers: A History of the World's Most Extraordinary Buildings

Skyscrapers: A History of the World's Most Extraordinary Buildings

Introduction by Adrian Smith
by Judith Dupre

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 160 Pages, 7.87 × 18.11 × 0.39 in

Published: October 1, 2008

Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1579127878

ISBN - 13: 9781579127879

About the Book

At a stunning 18 inches tall and celebrating all of today's most significant superstructures, this all-new edition of "Skyscrapers" features 15 exciting new buildings and an interview with Adrian Smith, the world's foremost architect of supertall buildings.

From the Publisher

Now, bigger than ever, this long-awaited revised edition of Judith Dupré''s best-selling Skyscrapers is a giant celebration of today''s most significant superstructures. It features an all-new design with full-color photographs, 10 new buildings, and informative updates throughout.

Unique in scale and design, Skyscrapers explores in-depth more than 60 buildings, including One World Trade Center, Burj Dubai, the Shanghai World Financial Center, the Petronas Towers, the Tribune Tower, the Lipstick Building, and the Phare Tower. This completely revised and full-color edition presents 10 new buildings, among them The Shard in London (2012, Renzo Piano), the International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong (2010, Kohn Pedersen Fox), the Shanghai Tower (2014, Gensler Architects), and the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah (2018, Adrian Smith), which will be the tallest building in the world when completed.

Arranged chronologically by date of building construction, each informative spread has photos of the featured building from various angles, building plans, diagrams, the building''s historical background, and technological information.

Skyscrapers also offers additional information on such topics as the ancient roots of skyscrapers and visionary cities of the future, as well as a fascinating interview with Philip Johnson, together with other profiles. New topics include the era of the megatall building, the building of a skyscraper, and the explosive growth of skyscrapers in Dubai and China.

Also includes interview with Adrian Smith.

Praise for Skyscrapers:

"Drama. Treachery. Innovation. Massive buildings. Bigger egos. Skyscrapers has it all." -- Patrick J. Foye, Executive Director, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

"Dupré makes the most of a century of neck-craning architecture." -- The Washington Post


"Breathtaking. Magnificent, unique, very special. Exquisite. One-of-a-kind. Well researched. Beautifully designed." -- Robert J. Bruss, Tribune Media Services

Praise for Bridges:

"Dupré captivates the eye, mind and imagination." -- The New York Times

From the Jacket

Rising majestically above the hubbub of crowded cities or standing in solitude against a natural backdrop, skyscrapers captivate the eye, excite the imagination, and inspire awe. Wonders of creativity and ingenuity, they embody the best of our practical achievements and reflect our highest aspirations. This magnificent chronological tour of the world s tallest buildings thoroughly revised and updated since its initial publication, and featuring cutting edge work by today s international superstars of architecture stands as the most thorough, authoritative, and eye-popping book on the subject, as dramatic in presentation as the structures it celebrates. Breathtaking photographs capture the buildings details as well as their monumental scale; architectural drawings and plans invite you behind the scenes as new buildings take shape; and lively commentary on each building explores its particular significance and provides historic context. Throughout, informative profiles, features, and statistics make Skyscrapers an invaluable reference as well as a visual feast. From a church built to the glory of God to monuments that symbolize national or civic pride, to buildings so forward thinking that they contribute to the betterment of the environment, the 62 structures included here encompass the very best and most ingenious of our history, spanning some 125 years and circling the globe. The 15 astonishing supertalls that have been added to this edition represent flights of imagination and feats of engineering that the skyscraper s earliest pioneers could never have dreamed of. To say that the megatall landscape has changed since this book was first published in 1996 is an understatement, comments the author in her forward. We are in the midst of a new skyscraper boom Skyscraper design, now embraced by the global community, has entered a flamboyant, no-holds-barred era of exhilarating, highly personal exploration of the extreme frontiers of structural and creative possibility. Every civilization has expressed in buildings both sacred and secular the eternal quest to reach ever upward toward the sky. Skyscrapers invites you to relish in the stunning works born of that quest.

About the Author

Adrian Smith is considered the foremost architect of supertall skyscrapers in the world. Formerly with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, his buildings include Burj Dubai, the Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai, and the Trump International Tower in Chicago, where he lives and works.

Judith Dupre, New York Times bestselling author has written many books about architecture, including  Bridges, Churches, and Monuments. She consults on large-scale infrastructure projects and lectures at Yale and other universities. She lives in New York. Visit www.judithdupre.com.

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