The metropolis of the future — as perceived by architect Hugh Ferriss in — was both generous and prophetic in vision. Largely an. From the s through the s, Hugh Ferriss was America’s most celebrated architectural artist, famous for his dramatic charcoal. The Metropolis of Tomorrow (Dover Architecture) [Hugh Ferriss] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In , New York City enacted zoning.

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The Metropolis of Tomorrow by Hugh Ferriss

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. But as new as his ideas were, it’s clear that they’re compelling for how they embody our ferris ideals, hopes and fears. Subscribe Stay updated via RSS.

Hugh FerrissAmerican draftsman and architect, studied architecture at Washington University in St. The Building of Manhattan. Feb 20th, Anyone ever see Ferriss drawings not in charcoal? This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. To an imaginative spectator, it might seem that hjgh is perched in some elevated stage box to witness some gigantic spectacle, some cyclopean drama of forms; and that the curtain has not yet risen.

May 29, SmarterLilac rated it liked it. I found that most of the images were captivating than the correlating huhh, but that’s mainly because the writing portion is about ‘s New York zoning law.

The base of its largest buildings take up eight blocks. One is for the executive offices, the next for “aspirational activities” and the third, and the highest, is for charities. Ferris concludes mettopolis work: New York in Ferriss uses metaphors from nature that lend his text a poetic quality.


InNew York City had passed landmark zoning laws that regulated and limited the massing of buildings according to a formula. In The Metropolis of Tomorrow, 49 stunning illustrations depict towering structures, personal space, huvh avenues, and rooftop parks — features that now exist in many innovative, densely populated urban landscapes.

No wonder I like his work!

The Metropolis of Tomorrow

Daniel Maier-Gant rated it really liked it Aug 14, Bryan rated it really liked it Aug 09, After he had set up as a free-lance artist, he found himself much sought after.

George Ioannidis rated it it was amazing Tomorroa 15, Since many architects were not sure exactly what these laws meant for their designs, in the skyscraper architect Harvey Wiley Corbett commissioned Ferriss to draw a series of four step-by-step perspectives demonstrating the architectural consequences of the zoning law.

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The Metropolis of Tomorrow used to be available only as an expensive facsimile edition from The Architectural Press. ByFerriss had begun to develop his own style, frequently presenting the building at night, lit up by spotlights, or in a fog, as if photographed with a soft focus.

The sketchy drawings of – what were then – futuristic buildings are lovely metropolie dark – noir and art deco!

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This book illustrated many conte crayon sketches of tall buildings. There are occasional mornings when, with an early fog not yet dispersed, one finds oneself, on stepping onto the parapet, the spectator of an even more nebulous panorama.

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The Metropolis of Tomorrow

But he was also an architectural theorist and his book, The Metropolis of Tomorrowwhich lays out his ideas for cities of the future, was a major influence on the hhe I produced for the Lord Horror comics during the s. Such were the key ingredients that gave rise to the book at hand. Literally, there is nothing to be seen but mist; not a tower has yet been revealed below, and except for the immediate parapet rail.

Chetty marked it as to-read May 31, Want to Read Currently Reading Read. John Ervin rated it it was amazing Jan 12, It’s a Dover paperback so not expensive to buy. Emily Freitag rated it really liked it Feb 26, Dante rated it really liked hhugh Sep 15, Happily Dover Publications have now produced their own version although the Amazon reviews criticise its reproductions.

The description of the Science Zone is a poem: I checked this out mostly to see what the author’s thoughts about the ‘next’ metropolis of his era would be like. Early in his career, Ferriss began to specialize in creating architectural renderings for other architects’ work rather than designing buildings himself.

Inhe was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member, and thf a full Academician in Sergey Tsiulin rated it liked it Jun 18, Tomorroow from ” https: Books by Hugh Ferriss. Ferirss 19, Brent rated it it was amazing Shelves: