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From the Ground Up: The Business of Building in the Age of Money
"From the Ground Up describes Rincon in detail, from the day the brainstorm to bid on the land took shape in the mide of a Perini Co. executive until its champagne-soaked opening party. . . . The book emerges as a helpful primer on what it takes to build a tiny, self-contained city. Engineering problems are cleanly explained, architectural cant is kept to a minimum and a b ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 22nd 1993 by University of California Press
(first published November 22nd 1993)
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Good primer on how the various players come together in the elaboration of a major commercial property in the United States, and the challenges they confront - investors, bankers, developers, architects, engineers, contractors, elected and unelected officials, lobbyists, artists, and users and eventual entities own in or renting the final product. When you think of it, it is an amazing process, full of surprises, whose success ultimately depends on luck and the actor's experience, leadership, an ...more
A solid journalistic review of what it takes to build a skyscraper downtown in the 1980s. The answer? Fungible tax breaks and compliant zoning regulations.
It also provides a very satisfying balance between the financial, political, and physical aspects of building, and lucky for the author the builders he features made plenty of great boneheaded moves to keep the story itself exciting.