Naked Airport: A Cultural History of the World's Most Revolutionary Structure (BOK)

Alastair Gordon

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Although airports are now best known for interminable waits at check-in counters, liquid restrictions for carry-on luggage, and humiliating shoe-removal rituals at security, they were once the backdrops for jet-setters who strutted, martinis in hand, through curvilinear terminals designed by Eero Saarinen. In the critically acclaimed Naked Airport, Alastair Gordon traces the cultural history of this defining institution from its origins in muddy fields to its frontline position in the struggle against international terrorism.From global politics to action movies to the daily commute, Gordon shows how the airport has changed our sense of time, distance, and style, and ultimately the way cities are built and business is done. He introduces the people who shaped and were shaped by this place of sudden transition: pilots like Charles Lindbergh, architects like Le Corbusier, and political figures like Fiorello LaGuardia and Adolf Hitler. "Naked Airport" is a profoundly original history of a long-neglected yet central component of modern life.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2008 Forfatter Alastair Gordon
University of Chicago Press
ISBN 9780226304564
Antall sider 320 Dimensjoner 16,3cm x 23,4cm x 1,7cm
Vekt 444 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Public buildings: civic, commercial, industrial, etc