The Works

The Works : The Industrial Architecture of the United States

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The factories of American cities are examples of functional beauty constructed from an attempt to adapt a means to an end. The Works is a generously illustrated and exhaustive study of the different types of industrial buildings over one hundred years. It explains the rationale of the design of factory buildings and "the works" complexes, the changes in building materials in relation to functional needs, and the aesthetics of industrial more

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  • Hardback | 362 pages
  • 182.88 x 256.54 x 27.94mm | 839.14g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 40 halftones, 97 line drawings
  • 0195090004
  • 9780195090000
  • 2,043,095

Table of contents

Preface; The Notion of Works; Architectural Components of the Works; Layouts of the Works; Powered for Profit; Engineering Considerations; Strength, Span and the Resistance to Fire; Materials for Construction; Factory Walls; Factory Roofs; A Meeting of Aesthetic Traditions; Factories as Architecture; Glossary; Bibliography; Indexshow more

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An excellent ground breaking study of American Industrial Architecture. * American Studies Today * Questions of why bigger has perpetually meant better in American production and consumption, of why we chose the economies of large-scale capitalism and wage labour over the intimacies of community and workshop, can only be answered by looking closely at the physical settings of industry. This is a task for which The Works equips us. * ISIS * The Works may have the most impact on preservationists and other investigators for whom multicausal explanations of architectural change still represent a relatively innovative approach. * ISIS *show more

About Betsy Hunter Bradley

Betsy Hunter Bradley is an architectural historian with the History of Technology and Science Program, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohioshow more

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