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Impossible Heights: Skyscrapers, Flight, and the Master Builder

Adnan Morshed


Impossible Heights examines a distinct American cultural consciousness that came into focus during the interwar years, with the excitement about airplanes and skyscrapers, as well as their anticipated roles in the creation of an ideal “world of tomorrow.” The book explores how this “aesthetics of ascension” contributed to a broader transformation of the architect as a master builder, whose idealistic perspective from above ushered in a modernist impulse to ameliorate the spatial and social problems of an allegedly chaotic world. Recasting the architect as a heroic aviator or an ascending figur ... More

Keywords: Airplane, Skyscraper, Ascension, Aerial Gaze, Master Builder, Superhero, Eugenics, Mystical Spirituality, Social Reform, Interwar Cultural Consciousness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780816673186
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816673186.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adnan Morshed, author
Associate Professor, School of Architecture and Planning Catholic University of America