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740 Park: The Story of the World's Richest Apartment Building
by Michael Gross

Language

English

Pages

579

Publication Date

December 18, 2007

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For seventy-five years, it鈥檚 been Manhattan鈥檚 richest apartment building, and one of the most lusted-after addresses in the world. One apartment had 37 rooms, 14 bathrooms, 43 closets, 11 working fireplaces, a private elevator, and his-and-hers saunas; another at one time had a live-in service staff of 16. To this day, it is steeped in the purest luxury, the kind most of us could only imagine, until now. <br /><br />The last great building to go up along New York鈥檚 Gold Coast, construction on 740 Park finished in 1930. Since then, 740 has been home to an ever-evolving cadre of our wealthiest and most powerful families, some of America鈥檚 (and the world鈥檚) oldest money鈥攖he kind attached to names like Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, Bouvier, Chrysler, Niarchos, Houghton, and Harkness鈥攁nd some whose names evoke the excesses of today鈥檚 monied elite: Kravis, Koch, Bronfman, Perelman, Steinberg, and Schwarzman. All along, the building has housed titans of industry, political power brokers, international royalty, fabulous scam-artists, and even the lowest scoundrels.<br /><br />The book begins with the tumultuous story of the building鈥檚 construction. Conceived in the bubbling financial, artistic, and social cauldron of 1920鈥檚 Manhattan, 740 Park rose to its dizzying heights as the stock market plunged in 1929鈥攖he building was in dire financial straits before the first apartments were sold. The builders include the architectural genius Rosario Candela, the scheming businessman James T. Lee (Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis鈥檚 grandfather), and a raft of financiers, many of whom were little more than white-collar crooks and grand-scale hustlers. <br /><br />Once finished, 740 became a magnet for the richest, oldest families in the country: the Brewsters, descendents of the leader of the Plymouth Colony; the socially-registered Bordens, Hoppins, Scovilles, Thornes, and Schermerhorns; and top executives of the Chase Bank, American Express, and U.S. Rubber. Outside the walls of 740 Park, these were the people shaping America culturally and economically. Within those walls, they were indulging in all of the Seven Deadly Sins. <br /><br />As the social climate evolved throughout the last century, so did 740 Park: after World War II, the building鈥檚 rulers eased their more restrictive policies and began allowing Jews (though not to this day African Americans) to reside within their hallowed walls. Nowadays, it is full to bursting with new money, people whose fortunes, though freshly-made, are large enough to buy their way in. <br /><br />At its core this book is a social history of the American rich, and how the locus of power and influence has shifted haltingly from old bloodlines to new money. But it鈥檚 also much more than that: filled with meaty, startling, often tragic stories of the people who lived behind 740鈥檚 walls, the book gives us an unprecedented access to worlds of wealth, privilege, and extraordinary folly that are usually hidden behind a scrim of money and influence. This is, truly, how the other half鈥攐r at least the other one hundredth of one percent鈥攍ives.
Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright
by Paul Hendrickson

Language

English

Pages

624

Publication Date

October 01, 2019

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<b>From the award-winning and nationally best-selling author of <i>Hemingway's Boat</i> and <i>Sons of Mississippi</i>--an illuminating, pathbreaking biography that will change the way we understand the life, mind, and work of the premier American architect.</b><br /><br />Frank Lloyd Wright has long been known as a rank egotist who held in contempt almost everything aside from his own genius. Harder to detect, but no less real, is a Wright who fully understood, and suffered from, the choices he made. This is the Wright whom Paul Hendrickson reveals in this masterful biography: the Wright who was haunted by his father, about whom he told the greatest lie of his life. And this, we see, is the Wright of many other neglected aspects of his story: his close, and perhaps romantic, relationship with friend and early mentor Cecil Corwin; the eerie, unmistakable role of fires in his life; the connection between the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 and the murder of his mistress, her two children, and four others at his beloved Wisconsin home by a black servant gone mad. In showing us Wright's facades along with their cracks, Hendrickson helps us form a fresh, deep, and more human understanding of the man. With prodigious research, unique vision, and his ability to make sense of a life in ways at once unexpected, poetic, and undeniably brilliant, he has given us the defining book on Wright.
The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition
by Donald A. Norman

Language

English

Pages

370

Publication Date

November 05, 2013

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<b>The ultimate guide to human-centered design </b><br />Even the smartest among us can feel inept as we fail to figure out which light switch or oven burner to turn on, or whether to push, pull, or slide a door. <br />The fault, argues this ingenious -- even liberating -- book, lies not in ourselves, but in product design that ignores the needs of users and the principles of cognitive psychology. The problems range from ambiguous and hidden controls to arbitrary relationships between controls and functions, coupled with a lack of feedback or other assistance and unreasonable demands on memorization.<i><br /></i><i>The Design of Everyday Things</i> shows that good, usable design is possible. The rules are simple: make things visible, exploit natural relationships that couple function and control, and make intelligent use of constraints. The goal: guide the user effortlessly to the right action on the right control at the right time.<br /><br /><i>The Design of Everyday Things</i> is a powerful primer on how -- and why -- some products satisfy customers while others only frustrate them.<br />
Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism
by Fumio Sasaki

Language

English

Pages

260

Publication Date

April 11, 2017

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<p><strong>The best-selling phenomenon from Japan that shows us a minimalist life is a happy life.</strong></p><br /><p>Fumio Sasaki is not an enlightened minimalism expert or organizing guru like Marie Kondo鈥攈e鈥檚 just a regular guy who was stressed out and constantly comparing himself to others, until one day he decided to change his life by saying goodbye to everything he didn鈥檛 absolutely need. The effects were remarkable: Sasaki gained true freedom, new focus, and a real sense of gratitude for everything around him. In <em>Goodbye, Things</em> Sasaki modestly shares his personal minimalist experience, offering specific tips on the minimizing process and revealing how the new minimalist movement can not only transform your space but truly enrich your life. The benefits of a minimalist life can be realized by anyone, and Sasaki鈥檚 humble vision of true happiness will open your eyes to minimalism鈥檚 potential.</p>
Brooklyn: The Once and Future City
by Thomas Campanella

Language

English

Pages

550

Publication Date

September 10, 2019

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<p><b>An unprecedented history of Brooklyn, told through its places, buildings, and the people who made them, from the early seventeenth century to today</b></p><p>America's most storied urban underdog, Brooklyn has become an internationally recognized brand in recent decades鈥攃elebrated and scorned as one of the hippest destinations in the world. In <i>Brooklyn: The Once and Future City</i>, Thomas J. Campanella unearths long-lost threads of the urban past, telling the rich history of the rise, fall, and reinvention of one of the world鈥檚 most resurgent cities.</p><p>Spanning centuries and neighborhoods, Brooklyn-born Campanella recounts the creation of places familiar and long forgotten, both built and never realized, bringing to life the individuals whose dreams, visions, rackets, and schemes forged the city we know today. He takes us through Brooklyn鈥檚 history as homeland of the Leni Lenape and its transformation by Dutch colonists into a dense slaveholding region. We learn about English 茅migr茅 Deborah Moody, whose town of Gravesend was the first founded by a woman in America. We see how wanderlusting Yale dropout Frederick Law Olmsted used Prospect Park to anchor an open space system that was to reach back to Manhattan. And we witness Brooklyn鈥檚 emergence as a playland of racetracks and amusement parks celebrated around the world.</p><p>Campanella also describes Brooklyn鈥檚 outsized failures, from Samuel Friede鈥檚 bid to erect the world鈥檚 tallest building to the long struggle to make Jamaica Bay the world鈥檚 largest deepwater seaport, and the star-crossed urban renewal, public housing, and highway projects that battered the borough in the postwar era. Campanella reveals how this immigrant Promised Land drew millions, fell victim to its own social anxieties, and yet proved resilient enough to reawaken as a multicultural powerhouse and global symbol of urban vitality.</p>
Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About...
by Reese Witherspoon

Language

English

Pages

299

Publication Date

September 18, 2018

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<b>Academy Award鈥搘inning actress, producer, and entrepreneur Reese Witherspoon invites you into her world, where she infuses the southern style, parties, and traditions she loves with contemporary flair and charm.</b><br /><br />Reese Witherspoon鈥檚 grandmother Dorothea always said that a combination of beauty and strength made southern women 鈥渨hiskey in a teacup.鈥?We may be delicate and ornamental on the outside, she said, but inside we鈥檙e strong and fiery.<br /> <br />Reese鈥檚 southern heritage informs her whole life, and she loves sharing the joys of southern living with practically everyone she meets. She takes the South wherever she goes with bluegrass, big holiday parties, and plenty of Dorothea鈥檚 fried chicken. It鈥檚 reflected in how she entertains, decorates her home, and makes holidays special for her kids鈥攏ot to mention how she talks, dances, and does her hair (in these pages, you will learn Reese鈥檚 fail-proof, only slightly insane hot-roller technique). Reese loves sharing Dorothea鈥檚 most delicious recipes as well as her favorite southern traditions, from midnight barn parties to backyard bridal showers, magical Christmas mornings to rollicking honky-tonks.<br /> <br />It鈥檚 easy to bring a little bit of Reese鈥檚 world into your home, no matter where you live. After all, there鈥檚 a southern side to every place in the world, right?
Portrait of an Island: The Architecture and Material Culture of G...
by Mark Hinchman

Language

English

Pages

418

Publication Date

December 01, 2015

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<p>The once famous trading center of Gor茅e, S茅n茅gal today lies in the busy harbor of the modern city of Dakar. From its beginnings as a modest outpost, Gor茅e became one of the intersections聽which linked聽African trading routes to the European Atlantic trade. Then, as now, people of all nationalities poured into the island; Dutch, English, French, and Portuguese came to trade with the聽Mande, Moor, Tukor, and Wolf tribes.聽Trading parties聽brought gold, horses, firewood, mirrors, books, and more. They built houses of various聽forms, using American lumber, French roof tiles, freshly鈥慶ut straw, and pulverized seashells, and聽furnished them in as cosmopolitan a fashion as the city itself. </p><p></p><p></p><p>Mark Hinchman's聽<i>Portrait of an Island: The Architecture and Material Culture of Gor茅e, S茅n茅gal, 1758鈥?837</i>聽considers the houses, portraits, and furnishings聽of the island's early modern inhabitants.聽Multiple features of eighteenth鈥慶entury Gor茅e鈥戔€慽ts demographic diversity, the prominence of women leaders, the phenomenon of identities in flux, and the importance of commerce, fashion, and international trade鈥戔€慳rgue for its place in the construction of an early global modernity.聽In an examination of the built and natural landscape,聽<i>Portrait of an Island</i> deciphers the material culture involved in the ever鈥慶hanging relationships amongst male, female, rich, poor, and slave. </p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p>
Building Anatomy (McGraw-Hill Construction Series): An Illustrate...
by Iver Wahl

Language

English

Pages

288

Publication Date

December 28, 2006

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<p><b>ELIMINATE COSTLY AND POTENTIALLY DISASTEROUS CONCEPUTAL ERRORS IN YOUR NEXT STRUCTURAL DESIGN</b></p> <p>Make sure your next building project is free of the conceptual errors that can cause structural failure with McGraw Hill's <i>Building Anatomy: An Illustrated Guide to How Structures Work.</i></p> <p>Packed with a wealth of informative diagrams and illustrations, this essential volume drills deep into the concepts behind structural systems to give you a critical understanding of how they work. From potential loads, load combinations, and superstructure to lateral support systems, foundations, and site soil and geology, Building Anatomy can help you design structures that will stand the test of time.</p> <p>Written in clear, easy-to-understand language by an award-winning architect and professor, <i>Building Anatomy</i> delivers easy access to critical information, to help you:</p> <ul> <li>Select structural systems based on the pros and cons of each system</li> <li>Size and arrange major structural components</li> <li>Identify concerns for each type of structural system</li> <li>Anticipate probable failure scenarios</li> <li>Explain each system's behavior under loads such as seismic and wind</li> <li>Understand construction issues encountered during fabrication and erection of each structure type</li> <li>And more!</li> </ul> <p>With its critical information, comprehensive coverage, and indispensable illustrations, <i>Building Anatomy</i> delivers the nuts-and-bolts guidance you need to avoid conceptual mistakes during structural design. You can't afford to work without it!</p>
Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architec...
by Ross King

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English

Pages

208

Publication Date

August 13, 2013

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On August 19, 1418, a competition concerning Florence's magnificent new cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore--already under construction for more than a century--was announced: "Whoever desires to make any model or design for the vaulting of the main Dome....shall do so before the end of the month of September." The proposed dome was regarded far and wide as all but impossible to build: not only would it be enormous, but its original and sacrosanct design shunned the flying buttresses that supported cathedrals all over Europe. The dome would literally need to be erected over thin air.<br /> <br /> Of the many plans submitted, one stood out--a daring and unorthodox solution to vaulting what is still the largest dome (143 feet in diameter) in the world. It was offered not by a master mason or carpenter, but by a goldsmith and clockmaker named Filippo Brunelleschi, who would dedicate the next twenty-eight years to solving the puzzles of the dome's construction. In the process, he did nothing less than reinvent the field of architecture.<br /> <br /> <i>Brunelleschi's Dome</i> is the story of how a Renaissance genius bent men, materials, and the very forces of nature to build an architectural wonder we continue to marvel at today. Denounced at first as a madman, Brunelleschi was celebrated at the end as a genius. He engineered the perfect placement of brick and stone, built ingenious hoists and cranes to carry an estimated 70 million pounds hundreds of feet into the air, and designed the workers' platforms and routines so carefully that only one man died during the decades of construction--all the while defying those who said the dome would surely collapse and his own personal obstacles that at times threatened to overwhelm him. <br /> <br /> Even today, in an age of soaring skyscrapers, the cathedral dome of Santa Maria del Fiore retains a rare power to astonish. Ross King brings its creation to life in a fifteenth-century chronicle with twenty-first-century resonance.
Structural Competency for Architects
by Hollee Hitchcock Becker

Language

English

Pages

339

Publication Date

July 11, 2014

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<P><EM>Structural Competency for Architects</EM> is a comprehensive volume covering topics from structural systems and typologies to statics, strength of materials, and component design. The book includes everything you need to know about structures for the design of components, as well as the logic for design of structural patterns, and selection of structural typologies. </P><br /><P></P><br /><P>Organized into six key modules, each chapter includes examples, problems,聽and labs,聽along with an聽answer key聽available on聽our website, so that you learn the fundamentals. <EM>Structural Competency for Architects</EM> will also help you pass your registration examinations.</P>

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