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Impossible Heights: Skyscrapers, Flight, and the Master Builder

Adnan Morshed

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816673186
eISBN:
9781452947549
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816673186.001.0001
Subject:
Architecture, Architectural History

Impossible Heights examines a distinct American cultural consciousness that came into focus during the interwar years, with the excitement about airplanes and skyscrapers, as well as their ... More


Integral Anarchism

Simon Springer

in The Anarchist Roots of Geography: Toward Spatial Emancipation

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780816697724
eISBN:
9781452955155
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816697724.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Politics, Social Movements and Social Change

The fifth chapter seeks to position anarchism as an ethical philosophy of nonviolence and the absolute rejection of war. The argument contextualizes outside of religion and within the processual ... More


The Aesthetics of Ascension

Adnan Morshed

in Impossible Heights: Skyscrapers, Flight, and the Master Builder

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816673186
eISBN:
9781452947549
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816673186.003.0001
Subject:
Architecture, Architectural History

The Introduction elaborates on the book’s theme through the lens of three prominent American designers; explains how this study sheds new light on American visual culture during the interwar period; ... More


Hugh Ferriss and the “Harmonious Development of Man”

Adnan Morshed

in Impossible Heights: Skyscrapers, Flight, and the Master Builder

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816673186
eISBN:
9781452947549
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816673186.003.0002
Subject:
Architecture, Architectural History

Chapter 1 studies Hugh Ferriss’s imaginary city views, published collectively in his book The Metropolis of Tomorrow (1929). His drawings narrate both the scope of the future metropolis and the ... More


Ascension as Autobiography: Buckminster Fuller and His “Land to Sky, Outward Progression”

Adnan Morshed

in Impossible Heights: Skyscrapers, Flight, and the Master Builder

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816673186
eISBN:
9781452947549
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816673186.003.0003
Subject:
Architecture, Architectural History

Focusing on a little-explored period of Richard Buckminster Fuller’s life—from his self-published manifesto 4D Time Lock (1928) to his first book Nine Chains to the Moon (1938)—Chapter 2 examines the ... More


The Master Builder as Superman: Norman Bel Geddes’s Futurama

Adnan Morshed

in Impossible Heights: Skyscrapers, Flight, and the Master Builder

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816673186
eISBN:
9781452947549
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816673186.003.0004
Subject:
Architecture, Architectural History

Chapter 3 examines Norman Bel Geddes’s Futurama—the most visited show at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Bel Geddes sought to make his American utopia visually legible only to aerial spectators. ... More


The God’s-Eye Vision

Adnan Morshed

in Impossible Heights: Skyscrapers, Flight, and the Master Builder

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816673186
eISBN:
9781452947549
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816673186.003.0005
Subject:
Architecture, Architectural History

The Epilogue offers a broad assessment of the design philosophy of the three key figures discussed in the book, particularly in the context of shifting political sentiments in postwar America.


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