New York 1960

Architecture and Urbanism Between the Second World War and the Bicentennial

By Robert A.M. Stern; David Fishman; Thomas Mellins
(The Monacelli Press, Hardcover, 9781885254856, 1376pp.)

Publication Date: October 1, 1997

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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This is the third volume (and the fourth chronologically) in architect and historian Robert A. M. Stern's monumental series of documentary studies of New York City architecture and urbanism. New York 1880, New York 1900, and New York 1930 have comprehensively covered the architects and urban planners who defined New York from the end of the nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth century.

The post-World War II era witnessed New York's reign as the unofficial but undisputed economic and artistic capital of the world. By the mid-1970s, the city had experienced a profound reversal, and both its economy and its reputation were at a historic nadir. The architectural history of the period offered an exceptionally abundant and varied mix of building styles and types, from the faltering traditionalism of the 1940s through the heyday of International Style modernism in the 1950s and 1960s to the incipient postmodernism of the 1970s.

Organized geographically, New York 1960 provides an encyclopedic survey of the city's postwar architecture as well as relating a coherent story about each of its diverse neighborhoods. Primary sources are emphasized, including the commentaries of the preeminent architecture critics of the day; the text is illustrated exclusively with a rich collection of period photographs.




About the Author

Robert A. M. Stern, principal partner of Robert A. M. Stern Architects, founded in 1969, is also dean of the Yale School of Architecture. In addition to the series on New York, which includes New York 1880: Architecture and Urbanism in the Gilded Age, New York 1900: Metropolitan Architecture and Urbanism, 1890-1915, and New York 1930: Architecture and Urbanism Between the Two World Wars, Stern has published numerous books, including monographs on his firm's work, such as Robert A. M. Stern: Houses and Robert A. M. Stern: Buildings and Projects, 1999 -- 2003.

Thomas Mellins is an architectural historian and writer educated at Columbia University and the City University of New York. He is a coauthor of New York 1880, New York 1930, and a script collaborator on Pride of Place, the PBS documentary series on American architecture hosted by Stern.

David Fishman, a graduate of Columbia College, collaborated with Stern on New York 1880, New York 1930, Pride of Place, and the exhibition "42nd Street Theaters."

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