Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (The Architectural History Foundation New York & The MIT Press, 1988) by Carol Herselle Krinsky is the first complete study of the architect of modern American building and urban architecture. Foreword by Stanford Anderson.
This is the first complete study of the architect who created new forms and established standards of design and practice that changed the look of American cities. Beginning in the 1950s, Bunshaft’s Lever House pioneered the glass-walled office building; his Manufacturers’ Trust Company created the prototype of the modern banking center; his Connecticut General and American Can Company buildings established the image of suburban corporate headquarters; his National Commercial Bank in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, opened new possibilities in the form of the tall office tower.
Bunshaft’s clients included such notables as President Lyndon Johnson, art collector Joseph Hirschhorn, and David Rockefeller. Bunshaft himself – brilliant, tough, and gifted – matched his clients in colorful character and authority. This lively account of the architect’s relationships with SOM partners and staff, as well as with clients and government officials, provides a candid view of some major building commissions.
Bunshaft has remained consistently devoted to modernism. Amid the current plethora of conflicting stylisms, Gordon Bunshaft’s talent and design integrity are triumphantly acknowledged by his receiving the 1988 Pritzker Architecture Prize.
– Carol Herselle Krinsky, Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (The Architectural History Foundation New York & The MIT Press, 1988)
The text is in English. The book is lavishly illustrated with photographs and architectural drawings.
Our copy in stock is in good condition. The pages are clean, no markings; only slight toning on their edges. The binding shows no signs of weakening. The dust jacket has some slight edge wear.