Item Details

Empire, State & Building

Kiel Moe
Format
Book
Published
New York : Actar Publishers, [2017]
Language
English
Variant Title
Empire, state and building
ISBN
9781940291840, 1940291844
Summary
This book considers the material basis of building as a key impetus of both urbanization and the energetics of urban life. The otherwise externalized material geographies and thermodynamics of building's material basis reveal much about the dynamics and efficacy of how we build. This book plots the material history and geography for one plot of land in Manhattan: the parcel of land under the Empire State Building over the past two hundred years. Through rich illustrations, it tracks all the building material that has passed through this parcel to better understand building's geographic and ecological dynamics: spatially (in terms of their geographic material footprints and industrial processes) and quantitatively (in terms of embodied energy, embodied carbon, and energy flow). In successive chapters, the book articulates the empire and states that are inherent to building, but remain unconsidered abstract and unknown by architects.
Description
264 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color), plans (some color) ; 23 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references.
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