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Stephen Eskilson

Stephen Eskilson is Professor of Art History at Eastern Illinois University. He is coauthor of Frames of Reference: Art History and the World (2003) and author of Graphic Design a New History (2007 & 2012). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Age of Glass : A Cultural History of Glass in Modern and Contemporary Architecture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

Book chapter

...As early as 1851, when the Crystal Palace established glass as an industrial building material, architects recognized that sunlight could be a curse as well as a blessing. Starkly put, glass skins are an environmentalist’s nightmare...

“Life in Marvelous Times”: Hip-hop, Housing, and Utopia

Archi.Pop : Mediating Architecture in Popular Culture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...Research for this chapter was supported by the Mellon Central New York Humanities Corridor Visiting Scholar Fellowship. “Boom, boom, boom.” With these words, the architectural historian Charles Jencks declared “the death...

Khrushchev's Children's Paradise: The Pioneer Palace, Moscow, 1958–1962

Socialist Spaces : Sites of Everyday Life in the Eastern Bloc

Berg, 2002

Book chapter

...In this house the walls will teach.Should you ever be in Moscow, take a trip across the river to the green and pleasant area in the south-west of the city known today by its picturesque, traditional name, the Sparrow Hills (Vorob’evye...

Glass visions

Stephen Eskilson

Stephen Eskilson is Professor of Art History at Eastern Illinois University. He is coauthor of Frames of Reference: Art History and the World (2003) and author of Graphic Design a New History (2007 & 2012). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Age of Glass : A Cultural History of Glass in Modern and Contemporary Architecture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...In the early years of the twentieth century, no conceptual issue quite consumed the practice of architecture like the present and future possibilities of glass technology. Notably, during the heroic years of the modernist avant-garde...

Daylight rules the modern building

Stephen Eskilson

Stephen Eskilson is Professor of Art History at Eastern Illinois University. He is coauthor of Frames of Reference: Art History and the World (2003) and author of Graphic Design a New History (2007 & 2012). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Age of Glass : A Cultural History of Glass in Modern and Contemporary Architecture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

Book chapter

...One of the essential components of early modern architecture was the windows that served as a gateway for natural light and ventilation. Because these elemental functions of the window were largely superseded by electric lighting...