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Composition: A Series of Exercises in Art Structure for the Use of Students and Teachers
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Monographs or surveys on architectural movements and architects from the post WW I era (1918) to the present.

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Ferriss, Hugh, Power in Buildings: An Artist's View of Contemporary Architecture, New York, Columbia University Press, 1953, first edition, 8.75" x 11", HB in dj, gray cloth bds w/ black & silver embossed titles & illus in b/w pictorial dj, VG- / VG-. Ex-library, discoloring to bds & pastedowns from library tape, light edgewear, front endpaper scarred, library stamps. DJ creased (esp near edges), rear rubbed, a few spots of tape discoloration.

102 pp. 60 b/w illustrations of over 100 buildings rendered by the author.

The drawings portray outstanding structures designed since 1929. A brief introduction traces architectural developments previous to that date as the author saw them at first hand, and traces the development of the contemporary architectural character through the buildings shown. The illustrations begin with the simple, strong forms of a viaduct, a bridge anchorage, a grain elevator, and a power dam and lead through industrial plants and office buildings to such masterpieces as Cranbrook, Taliesin-in-Arizona, and a noble cathedral design. The latter part of the book deals with projects of international importance, including the United Nations Headquarters, for all of which the author was retained to make the drawings that portrayed the architectural conception. His informal text takes the reader into the drafting rooms and sketches the developemtne of designs "to convey a visual impression of our architects' typical, complex and sometimes dramatic undertakings." The book ends with a view of a lofty amphitheater in the Rockies and an expression of faith in the influence of architecture, and the role of architects, in today's civilization.

Uncommon first edition.    [Book ID # 1667]


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