Why on Earth Would Anyone Build That: Modern Architecture Explained

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This global examination of boundary-pushing architecture challenges our perceptions of how buildings ought to look―and reveals how even the most unusual constructions can achieve iconic status. In this fascinating exploration of 100 controversial buildings, readers will discover not only how each building was
constructed, but also the motivation behind its design, and the ensuing debates. Readers will learn why erecting the Longaberger Basket Company headquarters was no picnic; why the Guggenheim Museum in New York City inspired hate mail from artists who would later display their works there;
and whether Chicago’s Sears Tower or the Petronas Towers in
Kuala Lumpur won the “spire debate,” officially becoming the
world’s tallest building. Thematically grouping these buildings
into categories that reflect their most pronounced features,
architectural historian John Zukowsky discusses each structure
in detail, interweaving relevant biographical factors and sociocultural
influences that impacted the architects’ distinctive
designs. The result is a lively, generously illustrated synthesis of
diverse architectural values, and a fascinating look at the past
century’s most innovative architects. From St. Louis’s famous
arch to the”Bird’s Nest” Olympic Stadium in Beijing, readers
will learn the rich and complex stories behind the world’s more
unconventional structures.

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"If at times you find yourself perplexed by some of the architecture springing up around you, this book may offer some guidance. The author explores 100 buildings that have stirred up debate and examines their construction and the motivation behind their design, while taking into account biographical and cultural influences on the architects."

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