Michigan Modern

Design That Shaped America

Author: Amy L. Arnold,Brian D. Conway

Publisher: Gibbs Smith

ISBN: 9781423644972

Category: Architecture

Page: 352

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Michigan Modern: Design That Shaped Americais an impressive collection of important essays touching on all aspects of Michigan’s architecture and design heritage. The Great Lakes State has always been known for its contributions to twentieth-century manufacturing, but it’s only beginning to receive wide attention for its contributions to Modern design and architecture. Brian D. Conway, Michigan’s State Historic Preservation Officer, and Amy L. Arnold, project manager for Michigan Modern,have curated nearly thirty essays and interviews from a number of prominent architects, academics, architectural historians, journalists, and designers, including historian Alan Hess, designers Mira Nakashima, Ruth Adler Schnee, and Todd Oldham, and architect Gunnar Birkerts, describing Michigan’s contributions to Modern design in architecture, automobiles, furniture and education.

Minoru Yamasaki

Humanist Architecture for a Modernist World

Author: Dale Allen Gyure

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300229860

Category: Architecture

Page: 296

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The first book to reevaluate the evocative and polarizing work of one of midcentury America’s most significant architects Born to Japanese immigrant parents in Seattle, Minoru Yamasaki (1912–1986) became one of the towering figures of midcentury architecture, even appearing on the cover of Time magazine in 1963. His self-proclaimed humanist designs merged the modern materials and functional considerations of postwar American architecture with traditional elements such as arches and colonnades. Yamasaki’s celebrated and iconic projects of the 1950s and ’60s, including the Lambert–St. Louis Airport and the U.S. Science Pavilion in Seattle, garnered popular acclaim. Despite this initial success, Yamasaki’s reputation began to decline in the 1970s with the mixed critical reception of the World Trade Center in New York, one of the most publicized projects in the world at the time, and the spectacular failure of St. Louis’s Pruitt-Igoe Apartments, which came to symbolize the flaws of midcentury urban renewal policy. And as architecture moved in a more critical direction influenced by postmodern theory, Yamasaki seemed increasingly old-fashioned. In the first book to examine Yamasaki’s life and career, Dale Allen Gyure draws on a wealth of previously unpublished archival material, and nearly 200 images, to contextualize his work against the framework of midcentury modernism and explore his initial successes, his personal struggles—including with racism—and the tension his work ultimately found in the divide between popular and critical taste.

Historic Sites and Landmarks that Shaped America: From Acoma Pueblo to Ground Zero [2 volumes]

From Acoma Pueblo to Ground Zero

Author: Mitchell Newton-Matza

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1610697502

Category: Architecture

Page: 810

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Exploring the significance of places that built our cultural past, this guide is a lens into historical sites spanning the entire history of the United States, from Acoma Pueblo to Ground Zero. • Covers locations across the entire United States • Includes photographs, illustrations, and sidebars • Serves as both an educational and research tool

A Field Guide to Contemporary American Architecture

Author: Carole Rifkind

Publisher: Plume Books

ISBN: 9780452280311

Category: Architecture

Page: 374

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An illustrated reference guide provides an in-depth look at the evolution of American architecture from the 1940s to the present day, offering an illustrated survey of houses, museums, churches, schools, and office buildings around the country. Reprint.

Twenty-five Books That Shaped America

How White Whales, Green Lights, and Restless Spirits Forged Our National Identity

Author: Thomas C. Foster

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062092073

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 352

View: 9803


Thomas C. Foster, acclaimed author of the phenomenal bestseller How to Read Literature Like a Professor, returns with a hugely entertaining appreciation of twenty-five works of literature that have greatly influenced the American identity. In a delightfully informative, often wry manner, Twenty-Five Books that Shaped America looks closely at important literary classics that are true national treasures. From The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, The Scarlet Letter, Moby Dick, and Huckleberry Finn through Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, and Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49, Twenty-Five Books that Shaped America examines masterpieces of the written word that have greatly influence what we are as a people and a nation.

American City

Detroit Architecture, 1845-2005

Author: Robert Sharoff,William Zbaren

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 0814332706

Category: Architecture

Page: 121

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A stunning tribute to Detroit's architectural heritage, this book features 90 full-color photographs of the city's most impressive buildings.

Fighting for Hope

African American Troops of the 93rd Infantry Division in World War II and Postwar America

Author: Robert F. Jefferson

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 1421403099

Category: History

Page: 352

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This fascinating history shows how African-American military men and women seized their dignity through barracks culture and community politics during and after World War II. Drawing on oral testimony, unpublished correspondence, archival records, memoirs, and diaries, Robert F. Jefferson explores the curious contradiction of war-effort idealism and entrenched discrimination through the experiences of the 93rd Infantry Division. Led by white officers and presumably unable to fight—and with the army taking great pains to regulate contact between black soldiers and local women—the division was largely relegated to support roles during the advance on the Philippines, seeing action only later in the war when U.S. officials found it unavoidable. Jefferson discusses racial policy within the War Department, examines the lives and morale of black GIs and their families, documents the debate over the deployment of black troops, and focuses on how the soldiers’ wartime experiences reshaped their perspectives on race and citizenship in America. He finds in these men and their families incredible resilience in the face of racism at war and at home and shows how their hopes for the future provided a blueprint for America’s postwar civil rights struggles. Integrating social history and civil rights movement studies, Fighting for Hope examines the ways in which political meaning and identity were reflected in the aspirations of these black GIs and their role in transforming the face of America. -- Hayward "Woody" Farrar

Contemporary Authors

A Bio-Bibliographical Guide to Current Writers in Fiction, General Nonfiction, Poetry, Journalism, Drama, Motion Pictures, Television, and Other Fields

Author: Thomson Gale

Publisher: Gale Cengage

ISBN: 9780787667047

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 452

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Your students and users will find biographical information on approximately 300 modern writers in this volume of Contemporary Authors® .

Yankees in Michigan

Author: Brian C. Wilson

Publisher: MSU Press

ISBN: 0870139703

Category: History

Page: 140

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As Brian C. Wilson describes them in this highly readable and entertaining book, Yankees—defined by their shared culture and sense of identity—had a number of distinctive traits and sought to impose their ideas across the state of Michigan. After the ethnic label of "Yankee" fell out of use, the offspring of Yankees appropriated the term "Midwesterner." So fused did the identities of Yankee and Midwesterner become that understanding the larger story of America's Midwestern regional identity begins with the Yankees in Michigan.

Media and Middle Class Moms

Images and Realities of Work and Family

Author: Lara J. Descartes,Conrad Kottak,Julian H Steward Collegiate Professor Emeritus Conrad Kottak

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135850453

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

View: 840


Written by nationally recognized anthropologists Conrad Kottak and Lara Descartes, this ethnography of largely white, middle class families in a town in the midwest explores the role that the media play in influencing how those families cope with everyday work/family issues. The book insightfully reports that families struggle with, and make work/family decisions based largely on the images and ideas they receive from media sources, though they strongly deny being so influenced. An ideal book for teaching undergraduate family, media, and methods courses.