9781477320198-1477320199-Improbable Metropolis: Houston's Architectural and Urban History (Roger Fullington Series in Architecture)

Improbable Metropolis: Houston's Architectural and Urban History (Roger Fullington Series in Architecture)

ISBN-13: 9781477320198
ISBN-10: 1477320199
Author: Bradley, Barrie Scardino
Publication date: 2020
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Format: Hardcover 412 pages
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ISBN-13: 9781477320198
ISBN-10: 1477320199
Author: Bradley, Barrie Scardino
Publication date: 2020
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Format: Hardcover 412 pages

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Acknowledged authors Bradley, Barrie Scardino wrote Improbable Metropolis: Houston's Architectural and Urban History (Roger Fullington Series in Architecture) comprising 412 pages back in 2020. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 1477320199 and 9781477320198. Since then Improbable Metropolis: Houston's Architectural and Urban History (Roger Fullington Series in Architecture) textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 4.12 or rent at the marketplace.

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Just over 180 years ago, the city of Houston was nothing more than an alligator-infested swamp along the Buffalo Bayou that spread onto a flat, endless plain. Today, it is a sprawling, architecturally and culturally diverse metropolis. How did one transform into the other in such a short period?

Improbable Metropolis uses the built environment as a guide to explore the remarkable evolution that Houston has undergone from 1836 to the present. Houston’s architecture, an indicator of its culture and prosperity, has been inconsistent, often predictable, sometimes bizarre, and occasionally extraordinary. Industries from cotton, lumber, sugar, and rail and water transportation, to petroleum, healthcare, biomedical research, and aerospace have each in turn brought profit and attention to Houston. Each created an associated building boom, expanding the city’s architectural sophistication, its footprint, and its cultural breadth. Providing a template for architectural investigations of other American cities, Improbable Metropolis is an important addition to the literature on Texas history.

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