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The Metropolis of Tomorrow

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In 1916, New York City enacted zoning laws that mandated the building of “set-back” structures so that light and air would be more freely admitted into the streets below. This concept was first proposed by Louis Sullivan in his 1891 article, “The High-Building Question” (inspired by William Le Baron Jenney’s recently completed Manhattan Building in Chicago.) Hugh Ferriss ( ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published February 11th 2005 by Dover Publications (first published May 1st 1998)
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Jessie Moberg
Apr 01, 2013 Jessie Moberg rated it really liked it
There are tons of very beautiful and very interesting drawings/sketches/renderings in this book. I found that most of the images were captivating than the correlating writings, but that's mainly because the writing portion is about 1920's New York zoning law.

Fabulous printing/re-printing of a classic. Features many timeless drawings that have a reach way beyond the field of architecture.
May 29, 2011 SmarterLilac rated it liked it
I checked this out mostly to see what the author's thoughts about the 'next' metropolis of his era would be like. It was a stark reminder of how much of our culture is obsessed with big cities--despite the fact that urbanization has probably killed us as a planet. Reading this book made me feel kinda sick.
Apr 05, 2016 Brianna rated it it was amazing
A starkly beautiful book. I know nothing about architecture but this was fascinating and made both the designs and context accessible and interesting (who knew that zoning laws could be interesting!).
Jul 19, 2013 Brent rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art, reference
Beautiful pictures and thoughts on the future of cities as seen from the late 1920's. In other words, the future that never was.

Useful for anyone interested in retofuturism.
Jan 15, 2016 Norman rated it liked it
very interesting book to look through. The sketchy drawings of - what were then - futuristic buildings are lovely and dark - noir and art deco! It's a Dover paperback so not expensive to buy.
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“The character of the architectural forms and spaces which all people habitually encounter are powerful agencies in determining the nature of their thoughts, their emotions and their actions, however unconscious of this they may be.” 2 likes
“As the avenues and streets of a city are nothing less than its arteries and veins, we may well ask what doctor would venture to promise bodily health if he knew that the blood circulation was steadily growing more congested!” 1 likes
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