The Metropolis of Tomorrow

The Metropolis of Tomorrow

Hugh Ferriss / Nov 19, 2019

The Metropolis of Tomorrow In New York City enacted zoning laws that mandated the building of set back structures so that light and air would be freely admitted into the streets below This concept was first proposed by Lo

  • Title: The Metropolis of Tomorrow
  • Author: Hugh Ferriss
  • ISBN: 9780486437279
  • Page: 106
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1916, New York City enacted zoning laws that mandated the building of set back structures so that light and air would be freely admitted into the streets below This concept was first proposed by Louis Sullivan in his 1891 article, The High Building Question inspired by William Le Baron Jenney s recently completed Manhattan Building in Chicago Hugh Ferriss In 1916, New York City enacted zoning laws that mandated the building of set back structures so that light and air would be freely admitted into the streets below This concept was first proposed by Louis Sullivan in his 1891 article, The High Building Question inspired by William Le Baron Jenney s recently completed Manhattan Building in Chicago Hugh Ferriss 1889 1962 , American draftsman and architect, studied architecture at Washington University in St Louis where the Beaux Arts school was favored Early in his career he worked as a draftsman in the office of Cass Gilbert until he became a freelance delineator In 1922, Ferris took part in a series of zoning envelope studies that sought to comply with the earlier city legislation Such were the key ingredients that gave rise to the book at hand.In The Metropolis of Tomorrow, 49 stunning illustrations depict towering structures, personal space, wide avenues, and rooftop parks features that now exist in many innovative, densely populated urban landscapes Ferriss uses metaphors from nature that lend his text a poetic quality It is no wonder that the work inspired critics of the time to remark As a creative entity, as a symbol of the American spirit, it is superb Survey , and as magically stirring as a prophecy Albert Guerard in Books.With its eloquent commentary and powerful renderings, The Metropolis of Tomorrow is an indispensable resource for students, architects, and anyone else with an interest in American architecture.

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    1. There are tons of very beautiful and very interesting drawings/sketches/renderings in this book. I found that most of the images were captivating than the correlating writings, but that's mainly because the writing portion is about 1920's New York zoning law.Fabulous printing/re-printing of a classic. Features many timeless drawings that have a reach way beyond the field of architecture.


    2. I checked this out mostly to see what the author's thoughts about the 'next' metropolis of his era would be like. It was a stark reminder of how much of our culture is obsessed with big cities--despite the fact that urbanization has probably killed us as a planet. Reading this book made me feel kinda sick.


    3. A starkly beautiful book. I know nothing about architecture but this was fascinating and made both the designs and context accessible and interesting (who knew that zoning laws could be interesting!).


    4. Beautiful pictures and thoughts on the future of cities as seen from the late 1920's. In other words, the future that never was. Useful for anyone interested in retofuturism.


    5. very interesting book to look through. The sketchy drawings of - what were then - futuristic buildings are lovely and dark - noir and art deco! It's a Dover paperback so not expensive to buy.


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