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Title: City of towers : British perceptions of the skyscraper in the first decades of the twentieth century
Author: Haddrell, Carl
ISNI:       0000 0004 2670 4823
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2008
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The thesis examines British ideas and imagery of the skyscraper during the early and mid-twentieth century. The subject relates to the broader context of how such perceptions were intertwined with notions of taller buildings in general and the pressures brought to bear for their inclusion within Britain's redeveloped cities. In considering the issue of the skyscraper I examine its perception within the context of different sub-themes: the realms of empire and commerce in which the skyscraper is discussed in relation to the prevailing notions of architectural decorum; varying forms of Utopian thinking, such as those of the Garden City Movement and the emerging modernist movement; the symbolism of the image and reality of the American skyscraper in the context of British inter-war artistic and architectural culture; and the changing design philosophies which allowed for the erection of taller buildings after World War Two. The thesis addresses the question of how the actuality and potential of tall buildmgs related to the imagery and symbolism of the skyscraper. It traces how the dynamic between architectural influences from America and Europe were manifested in British perceptions of the skyscraper and tall building, and how the emergence of modernism impacted upon the image and reality of tall buildings in Britain.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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