Yamasaki in Detroit: A Search for Serenity

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Yamasaki in Detroit: A Search for Serenity

Yamasaki in Detroit A Search for Serenity Although his best known project was the World Trade Center in New York City Japanese American architect Minoru Yamasaki worked to create moments of surprise serenity and delight in distin

  • Title: Yamasaki in Detroit: A Search for Serenity
  • Author: John Gallagher
  • ISBN: 9780814341193
  • Page: 400
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Although his best known project was the World Trade Center in New York City, Japanese American architect Minoru Yamasaki 1912 1986 worked to create moments of surprise, serenity, and delight in distinctive buildings around the world In his adopted home of Detroit, where he lived and worked for the last half of his life, Yamasaki produced many important designs that rangAlthough his best known project was the World Trade Center in New York City, Japanese American architect Minoru Yamasaki 1912 1986 worked to create moments of surprise, serenity, and delight in distinctive buildings around the world In his adopted home of Detroit, where he lived and worked for the last half of his life, Yamasaki produced many important designs that range from public buildings to offices and private residences In Yamasaki in Detroit A Search for Serenity, author John Gallagher presents both a biography of Yamasaki or Yama as he was known and an examination of his working practices, with an emphasis on the architect s search for a style that would express his artistic goals.Gallagher explores Yamasaki s drive to craft tranquil spaces amid bustling cities while other modernists favored glass box designs He connects Yamasaki s design philosophy to tumultuous personal experiences, including the architect s efforts to overcome poverty, racial discrimination, and his own inner demons Yamasaki in Detroit surveys select projects spanning from the late 1940s to the end of Yamasaki s life, revealing the unique gardens, pools, plazas, skylight atriums, and other oases of respite in these buildings Gallagher includes prominent works like the Michigan Consolidated Gas Building in downtown Detroit, Temple Beth El in Bloomfield Township, and landmark buildings on the Wayne State University and College for Creative Studies campuses, as well as smaller medical clinics, office buildings, and private homes including Yamasaki s own residence.Gallagher consults Yamasaki s own autobiographical writings, architects who worked with Yamasaki in his firm, and photography from several historic archives to give a full picture of the architect s work and motivations Both knowledgeable fans of modernist architecture and general readers will enjoy Yamasaki in Detroit Wayne State University Press gratefully acknowledges the organizations that generously supported the publication of this book Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art, Detroit Institute of Arts, Yamasaki, Inc and The Office of the Vice President of Research OVPR of Wayne State University.

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    One thought on “Yamasaki in Detroit: A Search for Serenity

    1. Christinek on said:

      This is a wonderful and fascinating book. It tells the story of Minoru Yamasaki's life and work. There are many great pictures, including some by Balthazar Korab. Growing up near many of these buildings (some of which I've been inside), it makes me appreciate them even more knowing their backstory.

    2. Gjacobsen on said:

      A little repetitive in places - perhaps too much given Gallagher’s brief essay - it’s a fine primer of Yamasaki and his work, particularly in metro Detroit.

    3. Ellice on said:

      This is a great introduction to the legacy of Minoru Yamasaki, architect of the World Trade Center Towers, the Science Pavilion at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, and many buildings in and around Detroit, including four at Wayne State University. Gallagher surveys Yamasaki's background broadly, introducing, among other interesting threads, the anti-Japanese sentiment that affected Yamasaki and his family before, during, and after World War II. I wish in some ways the biographical information had [...]

    4. Dan on said:

      The title is somewhat misleading: most of the book is a biography of Yama, with brief descriptions of his metro Detroit work in the second half (except for a non sequitur Rainier Tower at the very end). The preface warns that this is intended as a cursory introduction to Yama; in that goal, it's fine. However, for the promise of the title, it ends up being unsatisfying.

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