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The PAN AM Building and the Shattering of the Modernist Dr#1


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Title: The PAN AM Building and the Shattering of the Modernist Dream

ISBN : 0262532832
Author : Meredith L. Clausen
Publisher : The MIT Press
Media : Paperback
SKU MIX6-U6-122F-ACD6-12190


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From Publishers WeeklyWhen completed in Manhattan in 1963, the Pan Am Building towered over the barely preserved Grand Central Station and was the opening salvo in the glass-box corporate architectural revolution along lower Park Avenue. In this engaging study, Clausen, a University of Washington architectural historian, chronicles the development of the building from its 1958 announcement to its completion, centering her narrative on the roles of lead architects Walter Gropius and Pietro Belluschi and the death of the modernist ideal of socially functional architecture (in favor of buildings that maximized the cubic footage of a site). The clean but hulking Pan Am spurred the preservationist movement, along with the writings of critics Jane Jacobs and Ada Louise Huxtable. Clausen devotes a chapter to Aftermath and draws on the architectural community for her conclusions; as recently as 1988, architect Robert A. M. Stern called the Pam Am (now the Met Life) an important lesson of what not to do, a landmark of the mistakes we made. Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.--This text refers to the Hardcoveredition. Clausen has rifled through the archives and peered behind the glass curtain of mid-century modernism to spin a gripping tale of financial and aesthetic hubris run amok.-- Tom Vanderbilt, Bookforum

Clausen's saga should be read by every New Yorker who cares about the city's future.-- Julia Vitullo-Martin, New York Post

Clausen's fascinating study focuses on yet another modernist symbol, one that is still very much with us, despite its status as first among 'the buildings New Yorkers love to hate.'-- WBUR

From the birth and life of one of Manhattan's most detested icons, Meredith Clausen spins an engrossing tale that shows how large iconic projects in New York City all too often get built: through a complex dynamic of manipulable zoning statutes, real estate economics, and corporate image-making. This is also the story of how the extraordinary personal hubris of public officials can provoke ineffective, if voluble, interventions by municipal agencies, the popular press, and the public. If you think that the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site is at all unusual, read this book.--Sarah Williams Goldhagen, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University

Are you one of the millions of people who hate the Pan Am building? Read this book!--Christopher Gray, Streetscapes columnist, New York Times, and author of New York Streetscapes

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