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Building Up and Tearing Down: Reflections on the Age of Architecture

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PAUL GOLDBERGER
ON THE AGE OF ARCHITECTURE
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao by Frank Gehry, the CCTV Headquarters by Rem Koolhaas, the Getty Center by Richard Meier, the Times Building by Renzo Piano: Pulitzer Prize–winning critic Paul Goldberger’s tenure at The New Yorker has documented a captivating era in the world of architecture, one in which larger-than-life buildings, urb
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by The Monacelli Press (first published 2009)
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Mar 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
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This is a great collection of essays by Paul Goldberger, architecture critic for the New Yorker and formerly the New York Times and Metropolis.

Building Up and Tearing Down is a nice compliment to Alain de Botton's The Architecture of Happiness, swapping the emotional bent of Botton's book for one which takes a more traditional look at architecture from a pragmatic and stoic point of view. Like reading movie reviews by Roger Ebert, Golberger's critiques of famous and not-so-famous buildings are p
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Patrick Gendron
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are at all interested in architecture, you must read this collection of writings from Paul Goldberger. I found myself googling building after building to learn more about each. Paul does a great job pulling you into the emotional state of each building and creating a desire within you to go see each in person. My list of vacation spots has been greatly expanded due to this read.
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Paul Goldberger, who the Huffington Post has called “the leading figure in architecture criticism,” is now a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair. From 1997 through 2011 he served as the Architecture Critic for The New Yorker, where he wrote the magazine’s celebrated “Sky Line” column. He also holds the Joseph Urban Chair in Design and Architecture at The New School in New York City. He was formerly ...more
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