Sky-High: A Critique of NYC's Supertall Towers from Top to Bottom (Hardcover)
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Part architectural guidebook and part critique, Sky-High documents the pencil-thin, supertall towers that are transforming New York City's skyline as well as its streets.
New York City's penchant for building skyward has reached new heights with its crop of supertall towers—those that rise at least 984 feet above the sidewalk. The city that never sleeps is also the city that never stops building ever higher, from the Woolworth and Chrysler buildings of an earlier race to the top to today's super luxury aeries of 57th Street's Billionaires' Row and the towers of the World Trade complex in Lower Manhattan.
Bruce Katz's extraordinary photographs capture a dozen of these self-styled odes to wealth and power, alongside Eric P. Nash's incisive critique documenting the evolution of the skyline, past and present, and the supertalls' transformative effects on the contemporary cityscape. Among the twelve buildings featured are One World Trade Center, Three World Trade Center, 30 Hudson Yards, 35 Hudson Yards, One57, 432 Park Avenue, 53West53, Central Park Tower, and One Vanderbilt.
About the Author
Eric P. Nash was a researcher and writer for the New York Times for twenty-five years. He is the author of several books about architecture and design, including Manhattan Skyscrapers, MiMo: Miami Modern Revealed, and New York's 50 Best Skyscrapers, and an architectural tour guide in New York City.
Bruce Katz is an architectural photographer whose work has appeared in Architectural Digest, New York Magazine, Landscape Architecture, and the Washington Post. He is on the faculty of the International Center of Photography, and several of his images were recently acquired by the New-York Historical Society.
“[Nash’s Sky High] gamely takes turns explaining New York City's new skyline by plucking out its newest additions and dunking on what architect Steven Holl called ‘profane spires.’”