There Goes the Neighborhood: 10 Buildings People Loved to Hate

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Provides brief and often amusing histories of ten now famous buildings that people just loved to hate, and includes biographical notes on the architects.

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*Starred Review* Gr. 7-12. Like Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan's Frank O. Gehry: Outside In (2000), Rubin's latest is an intelligent, entertaining look at mostly twentieth-century architecture. Each of the 10 chapters focuses on a structure that caused an outcry of disapproval when it was built, including both the famous (the Eiffel Tower, the Flatiron Building, the Pompidou Center) and the lesser known (Minneapolis' underground Walker Community Library). Written in simple, engaging language that never condescends, the stories reveal how architects identified and solved aesthetic and engineering problems, and include fascinating tidbits about each structure's history, neighborhood, and the extreme personalities that drove some projects. There is also information on contemporary art movements, the history of skyscrapers, and more. Each chapter opens with a photo-collage of the building and samples of criticism ("What is it? A toilet bowl?" reads text overlaying a photo of New York City's Guggenheim Museum), followed by scattered photographs and drawings, printed entirely in blue and white. The collages are witty, but the highly visual subjects demand more sparkling images and design, such as the hip, colorful visuals in Frank O. Gehry or the crisp, engaging layouts of David Macaulay's Building Big (2000). Fortunately, the winning text makes up for the lackluster format: the stories, the controversy, and the insight will encourage readers to look at and learn more about the structures that surround them. A bibliography and a well-rounded list of resources conclude. Gillian Engberg
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Rubin's (Margaret Bourke-White) informative and often surprising survey chronicles how 10 "architectural eyesores [became] icons beloved symbols of cities, countries and cultures." Beginning with the Washington Monument (initially spurned by Washington himself as "a waste of money when the country needed more important things" and later compared by critics to a huge stalk of asparagus) and including the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and McDonald's restaurants worldwide, Rubin liberally peppers the narrative with quotes and critical reactions from the architects' peers. Pictures and architectural drawings, cleverly printed in blue and white, offer a glimpse into history as well as the creative process. Some lesser-known edifices could benefit from greater context. The acrimony between Philip Johnson and his New Canaan, Conn., neighbors over his glass house, for instance, escalated beyond angry newspaper editorials to rock throwing; but the text reveals little about New Canaan beyond the residents' penchant for colonial homes. A general discussion on architecture might have benefited readers, since the book points out specific examples of society's resistance to change and new ideas; a glossary and notes on architects provide information for further research. This volume may well inspire readers to examine buildings from restaurants to the Flatiron building in new ways and bolster their courage to think differently. Ages 8-12.

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