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Hardcover | $12.75 X | £9.50 | ISBN: 9780262011914 | 400 pp. | 8 x 9 in | 155 illus.| November 2003
Paperback | $39.95 Trade | £29.95 | ISBN: 9780262511902 | 400 pp. | 8 x 9 in | 155 illus.| September 2005
eBook | $27.95 Trade | ISBN: 9780262331975 | 400 pp. | 155 illus.| September 2005

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Tower and Office

From Modernist Theory to Contemporary Practice

About the Authors

Madrid-based architect Iñaki Ábalos was, along with Juan Herreros, the recipient of Columbia University’s Buell Book Fellowship.

Madrid-based architect Juan Herreros was, along with Iñaki Ábalos, the recipient of Columbia University’s Buell Book Fellowship.


“An informed, informative, and well-documented analysis of the technical development of office buildings throughout the twentieth century, Tower and Office is a valuable resource for anyone thinking critically about architecture’s status in today’s world. From structural systems to skins to space planning to urbanism, the commercial skyscraper becomes an archive of knowledge in which alternative futures lay hidden, awaiting recognition.”
Reinhold Martin, School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University, author of The Organizational Complex: Architecture, Media, and Corporate Space
“They read architecture's history with the eyes of designers. They think contemporary culture with the concepts of the historian. And with close attention to the interactions of forms, programs, and above all the contrsuction technologies of the tall building, Abalos and Herreros write a rich and compelling account of our present moment in architecture.”
K. Michael Hays, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
“Much of what passes fpr research today consits in the mere accumulation of data around the borders of an architectural project. Not so in the case of Iñaki Abalos and Juan Herreros. For Abalos and Herreros, research is necessarily informed as much by the imperitives of thier creative design practice as by a keen awareness of the impact of changing technologies on contemporary building practice. Tower and Office: From Modernist Theory to Contemporary Practice records their patient search for a specifically architectural expertise. The result is a book dense with carefully colated information and incisive analysis that will both surprise and eduvate the reader.”
Stan Allen, architect and Dean of the School of Architecture, Princeton University