The Evolution Of New York City

Evolution Of New York City

Transitioning from a more bare landscape in the 1910s to a cosmopolitan model for the rest of the world via the 1930s race for the tallest skyscraper to its devastating destruction of the Twin Towers in the 2001, Lower Manhattan’s ever-evolving skyline reveals much about New York City’s history.

The concrete jungle’s prominent and picturesque skylines have altered much throughout the course of the city’s history, offering millions of spectators insights into decades of architectural daring and traumatic events. Here is a selection of images from the late 1800s to 2008, which highlights the city’s evolution through its skyline:

New York City Skyline In 1911

New York City In 1921

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Muennig’s Modern One Room House

Modern House Muennig

From Voice of Nature: For over 13 years, architect Mickey Muennig (and girlfriend and children) lived in the tiny Greenhouse—his 1976 take on the then-popular dome and his celestial artistic response. From the deck of the outdoor bath, you can see up the coast.

Inside the one-room house, the reclaimed-redwood platform bed hangs on slender steel rods fastened to the ceiling. The ceiling cap is a vent—the house’s thermostat.

Daylight In Dubai

Daylight In Dubai

Located within the United Arab Emirates, Dubai’s futuristic cityscape has garnered international attention and admiration for its modern take on Islamic architecture and for being the home of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.

Japan’s Contemporary Crematorium

Japan Contemporary Crematorium

With soft lines and an undulating roof, Japan’s Meiso no Mori funeral home and crematorium was built to commemorate the dead in a secular and liberating fashion. Says project architect Leo Yokota regarding his guiding image: “Rather than the heavy, dignified architecture usual with crematoria, we imagined a soft place, as if a gentle snowfall had settled lightly upon the site to form a broad and generous roof.”

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