Item description for Space Architecture: The Work of John Frassanito & Associates for NASA by John Zukowsky & Bernhard Klein...
When visitors to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., walk through the Skylab of 1967-73 they experience the vehicles interior space but learn nothing about the industrial design of the spacecraft nor the designers who created it.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 11" Height: 11.75" Weight: 2.4 lbs.
Release Date Feb 25, 2000
Publisher Edition Axel Menges
ISBN 3930698102 ISBN13 9783930698103
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More About John Zukowsky & Bernhard Klein
Pauline A. Saliga, a coauthor of "Chicago Architects Design" (Rizzoli, 1982), is Executive Director of the Society of Architectural Historians in Chicago. John Zukowsky is Curator of Architecture at the Art Institute of Chicago. He is the author of numerous books on Chicago architecture. Jane H. Clarke is the Associate Director of Museum Education at the Art Institute and has written on Chicago buildings for some outstanding journals in the architectural field.
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Picture book of CGI spacecraft exteriors Jul 20, 2007
The book's subtitle is "The Work of John Frassanito & Associates for NASA". While it is certainly true that this firm worked on the interior for Skylab, there is only a single image related to Skylab's interior space, and only a few other interior concept drawings.
The book primarily consists of one to two (large-format) pages of text for each chapter, and then a series of images. A few pages contain thumbnails (i.e., the assembly sequence for the International Space Station), but most contain one or two high-resolution images, with a hand-full of two-page spreads.
I gave this book two stars (and returned my copy to this site) because it was not at all what I'd hoped for. I took "Architecture" in the title (and the one-sentence description) as an indication that the book would address aspects of the interiors and habitable spaces of manned spacecraft, and hoped it would show alternative concepts and address the evolution of designs for those of its topics that have actually been realized. It does not. It appears that most of the work that this architectural firm has done for NASA is the preparation of concept/visualization artwork (stills and animations) for the presentation of established spacecraft designs, rather than interior work or design-evolution work.
Based on the Preface by Buzz Aldrin and the Introduction (both too long to retype here), it seems that the goal of the book was to be a modern equivalent of Bonestell's illustrations of proposed space projects from the '50s and '60s. In this, it may well succeed. The illustrations are certainly beautiful and include some spacecraft concepts I hadn't seen before.