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Norval White (1926–2009)

Autor(a) de AIA Guide to New York City

4 Works 596 Membros 7 Críticas

About the Author

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(eng) Full name: Norval Crawford White

Obras por Norval White

AIA Guide to New York City (1967) 529 exemplares
New York: A Physical History (1987) 28 exemplares
The architecture book (1976) 21 exemplares

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Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
White, Norval
Nome legal
White, Norval Crawford
Data de nascimento
1926-06-12
Data de falecimento
2009-12-26
Sexo
male
Nacionalidade
USA
Locais de residência
Roques, Gers, France
New York, New York, USA
Connecticut, USA
Ocupações
architect
Relações
White, Camilla (wife), White, Gordon (son), White, William (son), White, Alastair (son), White, Thomas (son)
Nota de desambiguação
Full name: Norval Crawford White

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I'd wager that just about every architect with some interest in New York City knows the AIA Guide to New York City, which Norval White co-authored with Elliot Willensky across a handful of editions. Terse, critical entries full of humor and honesty define those guides; they're influential, though very few other writers have been able to match their skills. That said, I'd also wager that relatively few architects know about White's solo New York: A Physical History from 1987, a couple years before the AIA Guide's 3rd edition. I didn't know about it until seeing it a few months ago in the New York section at a used bookstore. A quick flip through the profusely illustrated book was all I needed to convince me to buy it.

White tackles 400 years of the city's physical history through 18 chapters. The successive chapters are thematic, though they follow a roughly chronological order, moving from "The Virgin Place" in the first chapter to "Counterculture, a Recycled City, and Tomorrow" in the last. Within each chapter the content flows chronologically, such that the "Patrons" of chapter 14, for instance, range from John Jacob Astor and other money men in the 1800s to the corporations and public authorities in power in the 1980s. Like the AIA Guides, White's descriptions balance fact and opinion, the latter usually on target. Furthermore, given how much time and how many themes he tackles, those descriptions end up being relatively short, just like the guides. Regardless, this book proves that White could also write narratives – 18 great ones here.
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Assinalado
archidose | Jan 28, 2018 |
The 1978 revised edition got too old to be useful.
 
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aulsmith | 5 outras críticas | Jun 11, 2013 |
The new (2010) edition, and just as useful and entertaining as the prior (2000) volume. A lot of new buildings have gone up in the past decade, many of them far more adventurous than the usual NYC norm, so it is definitely worth getting the new books. Architecture buffs and NYC aficionados will find this very useful on a walk, and great fun to leaf through at home.
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annbury | 5 outras críticas | Sep 22, 2010 |

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Obras
4
Membros
596
Popularidade
#42,151
Avaliação
4.2
Críticas
7
ISBN
15
Línguas
1

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