During his campaign for the presidency, one of Donald Trump’s signature promises was that he would build a “great great wall” on the border between the US and Mexico, and Mexico was going to pay for it. A year and a half into his term, with only a few prototype segments erected, the wall is the 2,000-mile, multibillion-dollar elephant in the room of contemporary American life. In The Great Great Wall, architectural historian and critic Ian Volner takes a fascinating look at the barriers that we have built over millennia. Traveling far afield, to China, the Middle East, Europe, and along the U.S. Mexico border, Volner examines famous, contentious, and illuminating structures, and explores key questions: Why do we build walls? What do they reveal about human history? What happens after they go up? With special attention to Trump’s wall and the walls that exist along the US border already, this is an absorbing, smart, and timely book on an incredibly contentious and newsworthy topic.
The world’s most unique reference book! About the Book Founded in 1957, and now with more than 12,500 entries, Chase’s Calendar of Events has become the most comprehensive and authoritative reference available in the world on special days, weeks, and months (Chase’s is the only reference for these), special events, national and international holidays, federal and state observances, international religious celebrations, celebrity birthdays, astronomical phenomena, major sporting events and more. Included are important historical and biographical anniversaries as well as celebrity birthdays. Coverage is international in scope, with national/independence days/major holidays for every nation on earth. Extensive coverage in particular of US, Canada, United Kingdom.
12,500 listings for events all over the world Used by media professionals, marketing professionals, and on-air personalities CD-ROM allows customized searches by date, subject, location, and many other ways! Chase’s is a combination of events reference, almanac, and anniversary book--no other reference combines all these elements
Tired of the same old tourist traps? Whether you’re a visitor or a local looking for something different, New Hampshire Off the Beaten Path shows you the Granite State you never knew existed. Follow a nature trail marked with verse at the Robert Frost Homestead. Taste authentic, open pit BBQ at the Yankee Smokehouse. Discover the history of skiing at the New England Ski Museum. So if you’ve “been there, done that” one too many times, get off the main road and venture Off the Beaten Path.
How architectural drawings emerged as aesthetic objects, promoted by a network of galleries, collectors, and institutions, and how this changed the understanding of architecture. Prior to the 1970s, buildings were commonly understood to be the goal of architectural practice; architectural drawings were seen simply as a means to an end. But, just as the boundaries of architecture itself were shifting at the end of the twentieth century, the perception of architectural drawings was also shifting; they began to be seen as autonomous objects outside the process of building. In Drawing on Architecture, Jordan Kauffman offers an account of how architectural drawings—promoted by a network of galleries and collectors, exhibitions and events—emerged as aesthetic objects and ultimately attained status as important cultural and historical artifacts, and how this was both emblematic of changes in architecture and a catalyst for these changes. Kauffman traces moments of critical importance to the evolution of the perception of architectural drawings, beginning with exhibitions that featured architectural drawings displayed in ways that did not elucidate buildings but treated them as meaningful objects in their own right. When architectural drawings were seen as having intrinsic value, they became collectible, and Kauffman chronicles early collectors, galleries, and sales. He discusses three key exhibitions at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York; other galleries around the world that specialized in architectural drawings; the founding of architecture museums that understood and collected drawings as important cultural and historical artifacts; and the effect of the new significance of architectural drawings on architecture and architectural history. Drawing on interviews with more than forty people directly involved with the events described and on extensive archival research, Kauffman shows how architectural drawings became the driving force in architectural debate in an era of change.