Yale University Press
November 1, 2006
From the swooping
concrete vaults of the TWA Terminal at JFK Airport to the 630-foot-tall Gateway
Arch in St. Louis, the iconic designs of Eero Saarinen (1910–1961) captured the
aspirations and values of mid-20th-century America. Potent expressions of
national power, these and other Saarinen-designed structures—including the GM
Technical Center, Dulles International Airport, and John Deere
headquarters—helped create the international image of the United States in the
decades following World War II.
Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future offers a new and wide-ranging look at the
entire scope of Saarinen’s career. This is the first book on Saarinen to
incorporate significant research and materials from the newly available archives
of his office, and includes the most complete portfolio of Saarinen's projects
to date—a chronological survey of more than 100 built and unbuilt works,
previously unpublished photographs, plans, and working drawings.
Lavishly illustrated, this major study shows how Saarinen gave his structures
an expressive dimension and helped introduce modern architecture to the
mainstream of American practice. In his search for a richer and more varied
modern architecture, Saarinen become one of the most prolific and controversial
practitioners of his time.
408 p., 30x24 cm