2011, Oct

The Future is Past: Empire State Building (A+U)

From even before the time it was completed, in 1931, the Empire State Building has been caught in a kind of non-linear time, operating on a calendar different from the city around it. Planned, designed and started during an era of vast economic expansion, by the time the construction tape came down, only 410 days after it started, the USA had descended into its Great Depression. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was a remembrance of things in the past: political administrations, had been replaced, economic conditions had changed very drastically, and the Art Deco style in which it had been fashioned was about to be challenged by others (MoMA's iconic International Style exhibition was to be staged 1 year later, in 1932).


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Gendall A+U Empire State



10/25

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