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Up on the Roof

Up on the Roof

New York's Hidden Skyline Spaces

Alex MacLean


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Pilot and photographer Alex MacLean has flown his plane over large areas of the United States, documenting the landscape—from beautiful agricultural patterns to geometric city grids. In his new book, he directs his lens at the rooftops of New York City, showing the great complexity and life of the roofs of New York’s buildings. Depicting not only the city’s famous water towers, but pools, tennis courts, gardens, sunbathers, art, and restaurants up in the air, MacLean’s powerful images give readers a glimpse of a part of the city that usually remains hidden. Maps and captions help the reader to easily locate the photographs, and an essay by XXX puts MacLean’s work into context.

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Publication: April 2012
ISBN: 9781616890506
ISBN10: 1616890509
Alex MacLean is a pilot and photographer, whose work has been exhibited widely throughout the world. He has won numerous awards, including the 2009 CORINE International Book Award and the American Academy of Rome’s Prix de Rome in Landscape Architecture for 2003–2004, and is the author of ten books, including Las Vegas/Venice (2010), Over: The American Landscape at the Tipping Point (2008), and Visualizing Density (2007). MacLean maintains a studio and lives in Lincoln, Massachusetts.