Up on the Roof

Up on the Roof : New York's Hidden Skyline Spaces

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Pilot and photographer Alex MacLean has flown his plane over large areas of the United States, documenting the landscape from beautiful agricultural patterns to geometric city grids. In his new book, he directs his lens at the rooftops of New York City, showing the great complexity and life of the roofs of New York's buildings. Depicting not only the city's famous water towers, but pools, tennis courts, gardens, sunbathers, art, and restaurants up in the air, MacLean's powerful images give readers a glimpse of a part of the city that usually remains hidden. His photographs leave little doubt about New York City's "green" potential and the belief that improved outdoor spaces above lead to more livable cities below. Maps and captions help the reader to easily locate the photographs, and an essay by Robert Campbell puts MacLean's work into context. Whether you are new to the city native born, this fascinating look at hidden New York will be a revelation.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 239 pages
  • 236 x 310 x 25mm | 1,610g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Translation
  • Maps; Illustrations, color
  • 1616890509
  • 9781616890506
  • 452,335

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"Gorgeous... Up On The Roof focuses on the amazing top-floor world of New York City we may be vaguely aware of but rarely see, from swimming pools to eco-spaces, swanky bars to empty stretches, it's a fascinating compendium of stunning sky-high imagery." --It's Nice That "Breathtaking, dreamy... MacLean captures New York from the sky, rife with everything from playgrounds to hydroponic farms." -- The Daily Beast "These NYers are really roofin' it... Aerial photographer Alex MacLean captured a rare bird's eye view of these little slices of heaven in his new book, Up on the Roof." -- NY Post "Organic farms, swimming pools, even a vintage plane: New York's skyline has hidden delights, as aerial photographer Alex MacLean discovered." -- The Independent "If you've ever wondered who has the most splendid roof in New York, the most lushly planted, the prettiest pool, etc., your curiosity may be appeased thanks to photojournalist Alex MacLean, who has documented seemingly every roof worth shooting in the city." -- Wall Street Journal "The most ordinary-seeming roofs, Alex MacLean discovers, in fact function as graffiti repositories, farms, pools, restaurants, observation decks - and at the right angle, which he has a knack for finding (with the aid of a helicopter), as beautiful art." -- New York magazine "Compelling and revealing... Mr. MacLean was described almost 20 years ago in The New York Times Magazine as 'an artist and a sociologist.' Cumulatively, his pictures of New York illustrate a city that has intuitively understood for a long time the value of a 'green roof, ' and seems poised to exploit the potential." -- The New York Times "Utterly addicting." --Slate "A new world of outdoor space and opportunity far above the fast-paced chaos of the city below... Brilliant." --AnOther magazine
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About Alex MacLean

Alex MacLean, geboren 1947, ist Photograph, Pilot und Autor. Seine Bilder wurden in Einzel- und Gruppenausstellungen in der ganzen Welt gezeigt und vielfach ausgezeichnet, u.a. mit dem "Rom-Preis" für Landschaftsarchitektur der American Academy in Rom. Er lebt in Masschussetts.
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