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Raves + Reviews
REVIEWS BY S TA N LEY S TA RK , FA IA
The Suburbanization of New York:
Is the World’s Greatest City Becoming
Just Another Town?
Edited by Jerilou Hammett and Kingsley
Hammett. Photographs by Martha Cooper
I have come to this book a bit late. But it is an
important one for us to consider because it raises
serious questions about what the post-industrial
city is becoming and where it might be heading.
The 14 contributing authors – architects,
planners, anthropologists, geographers, artists,
journalists, and activists – are critical about how
New York City is evolving. They see gentrification,
globalization, commodification, and homogenization all adding up to suburbanization of the city.
They express concern about Times Square as a
theme park, generic street fairs, and the disappearance of local retail and its displacement by national
franchises. The things they perceive as making
New York unique are vanishing or being pushed
out by other forces, particularly those of the marketplace, which are remolding the city and making
it just like everywhere else.
Beyond the complaints and a nostalgia for what
has been lost are some deep-seated anxieties. The
authors fear that the unique, richly-woven fabric
of the city’s neighborhoods, small enterprises,
and land uses is disappearing. As this vanishes,
the city’s diversity and ability to nurture young
strivers, emerging families, creatives, and new
enterprises – the social and economic ecosystem
that sustains this great, vibrant city – are at risk of
disappearing as well.
The industrial city has been tamed. Now we
must cope with the realities and necessities of the
post-industrial city. This book kicks open the door.
Ezra Stoller, Photographer
By Nina Rappaport and Erica Stoller
Ezra Stoller was the pre-eminent photographer
of architect-designed buildings in the decades
following World War II. His precise and beautifully composed photographs became the enduring
images that shaped our perceptions of high Modernism. We know what Lever House, the United
Nations headquarters, the Seagram Building, the
Ford Foundation atrium, and many other iconic
buildings look like because of his images of them.
His photographs conveyed the one-time ideal story
of the building.
Oculus Spring 2013
New York: Princeton
Architectural Press, 2007,
192 pp. $24.95
Stoller’s long career spanned from the late
1930s to the mid-1990s. Because of his continuing
involvement with leading post-war architects, he
acted as the documentarian of Modernism and
its many variants. Thanks to his cross training in
architecture and industrial design, he had multiple
careers as a photographer, working for architects,
developers, magazine editors, and corporations.
His work included architectural, product, industrial, and scientific photography. The book is organized around essays by Erica Stoller (his daughter),
Nina Rappaport, Andy Grundberg, John Morris
Dixon, FAIA, and Akiko Busch, who look at different aspects of the photographer’s career.
Stoller’s work had an extraordinary range,
power, and influence. This book demonstrates why.
Noted but Not Reviewed
New Haven: Yale University
Press, 2012, 288 pp. $65
Sustainable Transportation Planning:
Tools for Creating Vibrant, Healthy, and
By Jeffrey Tumlin
This is a primer and handbook on socially responsible transportation across multiple modes
of urban transport. The focus is on tools to assess
needs, develop solutions, and measure effectiveness. Case studies supplement the presentations.
Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2012,
320 pp. $95
Made for Walking:
Density and Neighborhood Form
By Julie Campoli
This volume is intended to communicate everyday
experiences of density, relate the values of density
to the urban landscape and planning, and propose
initiatives to reduce vehicular miles traveled. The
discussions are supplemented by case studies.
Cambridge, MA: Lincoln
Institute of Land Policy, 2012,
176 pp. $50
Architecture in Uniform: Designing and
Building for the Second World War
By Jean-Louis Cohen
A sweeping look at what architects on all sides of
the conflict did during World War II, including
the roles they performed and the types of facilities
they designed. The premise is that this was a critical juncture in the emergence of Modernism.
Stanley Stark, FAIA, served as chair of the Oculus
Committee from 2005 to 2007.
Centre for Architecture/Editions Hazan, 2011, 448 pp. $50
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Oculus - Spring 2013
Letter from the Editor
Center for Architecture
One Block Over
Opener: Sandy’s Watery Wake-up Call
Global Waterfronts: Green Growth, Great Rivers, and Port Cities
Civics in a Shaky Paradise
Where Nature Meets Modernity
Green Retail in the Sky: Hong Kong’s Hysan Place
Flows and Ripples: Shanghai Cultural Square
Index to Advertisers
Oculus - Spring 2013