Up on the Roof : New York's Hidden Skyline Spaces

Up on the Roof : New York's Hidden Skyline Spaces

Book - 2012
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Grand Central Pub
Pilot and photographer Alex MacLean has flown his plane over large areas of the United States, documenting the landscape from beautiful agricultural patterns to geometric city grids. In his new book, he directs his lens at the rooftops of New York City, showing the great complexity and life of the roofs of New York's buildings. Depicting not only the city's famous water towers, but pools, tennis courts, gardens, sunbathers, art, and restaurants up in the air, MacLean's powerful images give readers a glimpse of a part of the city that usually remains hidden. His photographs leave little doubt about New York City's "green" potential and the belief that improved outdoor spaces above lead to more livable cities below. Maps and captions help the reader to easily locate the photographs, and an essay by Robert Campbell puts MacLean's work into context. Whether you are new to the city native born, this fascinating look at hidden New York will be a revelation.

Baker & Taylor
Collects photographs of New York City rooftops and skylines, offering rare views of the varied uses of rooftop space, revealing gardens, swimming pools, greenhouses, and art installations.

Book News
Gardens, swimming pools, sun decks with lounge chairs, restaurants, giant paintings, playgrounds, pet houses and aviaries, solar cells, and older mechanical units such as ducts, chimneys, and water tanks--all are shown in full-page photos shot from the air above New York city roofs. Trained as an architect, Maclean became a photographer and a pilot and has been documenting the American landscape from the air for 30-plus years. An introduction by architect Robert Campbell sets the context and is the only text. The volume is oversize: 9.5x12.5". Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Princeton Architectural Press, 2012
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781616890506
Branch Call Number: 720.9747 MACLE
Notes: "First published in French in 2012 by Dominique Carrér, éditeur"--Title page verso


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