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Modernism at Mid-Century The Architecture of the United States Air Force Academy

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ISBN-10: 0226076938

ISBN-13: 9780226076935

Edition: N/A

Authors: Robert Bruegmann

List price: $121.00
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One of the country's largest and most important postwar architectural projects, the United States Air Force Academy opened in 1958. With its spectacular natural setting and stunning Modernist design, the Academy was quickly hailed as a national landmark and attracts over a million visitors each year.The contributors to this volume (Jory Johnson, Robert Nauman, Sheri Olson, James Russell, and Kristen Schaffer) and editor Robert Bruegmann chronicle the complex history of the planning, design, and construction of the Air Force Academy. As the most conspicuous commission of the American military at the height of the Cold War, the design of the Academy generated intense popular interest and was a lightning rod for conflicting values in postwar society. The design, by architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, has been hailed as the final triumph of the International Style and as a monument to military bureaucracy.
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Book details

List price: $121.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 2/15/1995
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 200
Size: 10.25" wide x 11.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.838
Language: English

Contributors
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Creating a National Monument: Planning and Designing the Academy
Merrill: The Early History
Architectural Consultants
Merrill: The Project Team
Strange Alliances: Frank Lloyd Wright and Congress
The Architects at Work: Design Drawings
Documenting Construction: Photos
The National Geographic Visits the Academy
Raising the Roof: Constructing Mitchell Hall
Military Culture, Architectural Culture, Popular Culture
Man as Nature
Presenting the Academy
A Comprehensive Design Vision
Learning from Industry
Lauded and Maligned: The Chapel
Epilogue
A Conversation between Walter
Recollections of Gordon Bunshaft
Interview with Lieutenant General Bradley Hosmer
Index