Art and Architecture, Reviews

The anatomy and engineering of modern architecture

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Modern technology allows architects and engineers to design and construct buildings that were impossible just a few years ago. At the same time, what lies underneath these surfaces is more mysterious than ever before. In Architecture under Construction, photographer Stanley Greenberg explores the anatomy and engineering of some of our most unusual new buildings, helping us to understand our own fascination with what makes buildings stand up, and what makes them fall down.
From a recent article on the book in the San Francisco Chronicle:

Shooting in black and white with a view camera, Greenberg approaches his subjects with what looks like naive—or architecturally unschooled—fascination. Part of his book’s appeal lies in its recording of what must disappear to give buildings the structure and appearance they have.
Former San Francisco Museum of Modern Art curator of architecture and design Joseph Rosa, now director of the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota, provides a foreword. But Greenberg’s pictures by themselves make a powerful argument for city dwellers to enjoy their privileged view of architecture as a process, not merely a product.

Read the review at or see a gallery of photographs from the book.