The Skyward Trend of Thought: the Metaphysics of the American Skyscraper by Thomas A. P. van Leeuwen

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Is the skyscraper really just a manifestation of America's pragmatic values? Thomas van Leeuwen rejects the functionalist view of skyscraper production put forth by Sigfried Giedion, Nikolaus Pevsner, and others, and instead sets up a very different argument - one that resurrects the powerful aesthetic and ideological values of the mythical skyscraper.

MIT Press, 1988.
ISBN: 9780262220347. 176 pp.
First MIT Press edition.
Hardcover. Fine in a fine jacket.