9780295745619-0295745614-Sculpture on a Grand Scale: Jack Christiansen's Thin Shell Modernism

Sculpture on a Grand Scale: Jack Christiansen's Thin Shell Modernism

ISBN-13: 9780295745619
ISBN-10: 0295745614
Author: Sprague, Tyler
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Format: Hardcover 304 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780295745619
ISBN-10: 0295745614
Author: Sprague, Tyler
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Format: Hardcover 304 pages

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Acknowledged authors Sprague, Tyler wrote Sculpture on a Grand Scale: Jack Christiansen's Thin Shell Modernism comprising 304 pages back in 2019. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0295745614 and 9780295745619. Since then Sculpture on a Grand Scale: Jack Christiansen's Thin Shell Modernism textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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The Kingdome, John ("Jack") Christiansen's best-known work, was the largest freestanding concrete dome in the world. Built amid public controversy, the multipurpose arena was designed to stand for a thousand years but was demolished in a great cloud of dust after less than a quarter century.

Many know the fate of Seattle's iconic dome, but fewer are familiar with its innovative structural engineer, Jack Christensen (1927–2017), and his significant contribution to Pacific Northwest and modernist architecture. Christiansen designed more than a hundred projects in the region: public schools and gymnasiums, sculptural church spaces, many of the Seattle Center's 1962 World's Fair buildings, and the Museum of Flight's vast glass roof all reflect his expressive ideas. Inspired by Northwest topography and drawn to the region's mountains and profound natural landscapes, Christiansen employed hyperbolic paraboloid forms, barrel-vault structures, and efficient modular construction to echo and complement the forms he loved in nature. Notably, he became an enthusiastic proponent of using thin shell concrete―the Kingdome being the most prominent example―to create inexpensive, utilitarian space on a large scale.

Tyler Sprague places Christiansen within a global cohort of thin shell engineer-designers, exploring the use of a remarkable structural medium known for its minimal use of material, architectually expressive forms, and long-span capability. Examining Christiansen's creative design and engineering work, Sprague, who interviewed Christiansen extensively, illuminates his legacy of graceful, distinctive concrete architectural forms, highlighting their lasting imprint on the region's built environment.

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