Washington, D.C. The American Institute of Architects Press, 1930/1990. Reprint. Original Wraps. Quarto, pp. 96, illustrated with b/w architectural drawings. Very Good. Item #19928
In 1928 there were about 800 airports in existence in the United States, but most were no more than flying fields. To crystallize public attention on the need for well-designed and properly planned airports, the Lehigh Portland Cement Company sponsored a national competition with a jury that included architects, engineers, city planners, and aeronautics experts. The 1930 edition of American Airport Designs was issued to publicize the competition. This reprint reproduces the original work, including outstanding presentation drawings for 44 prize-winning and other designs. The entries are unique, combining the futurism of Art Deco with the formality of Beaux-Arts plans, and conveying the imaginative powers of early aviation. All are fascinating in their assumptions about design and planning for a mode of travel that Americans had only begun to experience.