Yamasaki in Detroit
A Search for Serenity
Gallagher explores Yamasaki's drive to craft tranquil spaces amid bustling cities while other modernists favored "glass box" designs. He connects Yamasaki's design philosophy to tumultuous personal experiences, including the architect's efforts to overcome poverty, racial discrimination, and his own inner demons. Yamasaki in Detroit surveys select projects spanning from the late 1940s to the end of Yamasaki's life, revealing the unique gardens, pools, plazas, skylight atriums, and other oases of respite in these buildings. Gallagher includes prominent works like the Michigan Consolidated Gas Building in downtown Detroit, Temple Beth-El in Bloomfield Township, and landmark buildings on the Wayne State University and College for Creative Studies campuses, as well as smaller medical clinics, office buildings, and private homes (including Yamasaki's own residence).
Gallagher consults Yamasaki's own autobiographical writings, architects who worked with Yamasaki in his firm, and photography from several historic archives to give a full picture of the architect's work and motivations. Both knowledgeable fans of modernist architecture and general readers will enjoy Yamasaki in Detroit.
Wayne State University Press gratefully acknowledges the organizations that generously supported the publication of this book: Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art, Detroit Institute of Arts, Yamasaki, Inc. and The Office of the Vice President of Research (OVPR) of Wayne State University.
About the Author
"With so little available scholarship on Minoru Yamasaki's important contributions to mid-century Modern design, Gallagher's Yamasaki in Detroit is a welcome introduction to the subject."—Ruth E. Mills, Michigan Historical Review
"With his strong background as architecture and development writer for the Detroit Free Press, Gallagher captures the essence of Yamasaki's illustrious career as a Detroit-based architect who designed notable buildings around the world."—Brian Conway, State of Michigan Historic Preservation Officer
"A great read about a great architectural legacy."—Stephen Vogel, Professor of Architecture at University of Detroit Mercy
"John Gallagher captures, in images and text, the very essence of Minoru Yamasaki—a genius, a troubled soul, a great designer, but an architect often misunderstood during his all too short life."—Robin Boyle, Professor and Chair of Urban Planning, Wayne State University
"Yamasaki changed not only Detroit's skyline, but the world's. An architectural master deserves a fitting tribute such as this. Few writers can combine a knowledge and appreciation for architecture as well as John Gallagher."—Dan Austin, Author of Forgotten Landmarks of Detroit and Lost Detroit
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