Skyscrapers (Hardcover)

A History of the World's Most Extraordinary Buildings -- Revised and Updated

By Judith Dupre, Adrian Smith (Introduction by)

Black Dog & Leventhal, 9781579129422, 176pp.

Publication Date: November 5, 2013

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (1/5/1996)
Hardcover (10/1/2008)
Paperback (1/5/2001)

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A landmark bestseller, Skyscrapers is the unique colossal celebration of the world's most significant and striking super-structures that "captivates the eye, mind and imagination," writes The New York Times.

Uniquely designed to showcase the full color images of these tall buildings, Skyscrapers explores the architecture, engineering, and cultural impact of more than 60 skyline defining buildings, including One World Trade Center, Burj Dubai, the Empire State Building, the Shanghai World Financial Center, the Petronas Towers, the Tribune Tower, the Shard, and the Shanghai Tower.

Arranged chronologically by date of building construction, each informative profile has stunning photos of the defining features, building plans, diagrams, the historical background, and technological information.

Opening with a fascinating interview with master architect, Adrian Smith, Skyscrapers also includes in-depth looks at compelling topics in skyscraper design, including visionary cities and cutting-edge materials that help make these structures green.

About the Author

New York Times-bestselling author Judith Dupré has written many books about architecture, including Bridges, Churches, and Monuments. She consults on large-scale infrastructure projects and lectures at Yale and other universities. She lives in New York. Visit

Adrian Smith is considered the foremost architect of supertall skyscrapers in the world. Formerly with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, his buildings include Burj Dubai, the Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai, and the Trump International Tower in Chicago, where he lives and works.

Praise For Skyscrapers: A History of the World's Most Extraordinary Buildings -- Revised and Updated

"Dupré captivates the eye, mind and imagination."—The New York Times

"Dupré makes the most of a century of neck-craning architecture."—The Washington Post

"Drama. Treachery. Innovation. Massive buildings. Bigger egos. Skyscrapers has it all."—Patrick J. Foye, Executive Director, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

"Breathtaking. Magnificent, unique, very special. Exquisite. One-of-a-kind. Well researched. Beautifully designed."—Robert J. Bruss, Tribune Media Services