Up & Down: The Dynamic Verticality of New York City, 1989 edition, by the Edward S Gordon Company.


Written by Ralph Caplan. Designed and created by Chermayeff & Geismar Associates. January, 1989. Commissioned and published by Edward S. Gordon Company Inc.

"New York has never caught up with itself. The City's intense building activity is chronic and cyclical: construction and demolition go on like a kind of purposeful pillow-punching. Whenever something is razed, something else is raised in its place."

Up & Down was published in 1989 as a promotional coffee table book by Edward S Gordon Company, the largest commercial real estate company in the Northeast, and eventually the second-largest in the country.

The tall, narrow, steel-gray book evokes the skyscraper and tells a story of life in New York City: "...Manhattan is a small island with an enormous number of people and activities that can only be accommodated vertically."

Designers Chermayeff & Geismar commissioned Ralph Caplan to write the copy and incorporated art, illustrations, and photography by a number of well-known creatives.

R.O. Blechman
Bill Charmatz
Ivan Chermayeff
Bruce Davison
Etienne Delessert
Andre Francois
Edward Koren
David Macauley
Lou Myers
George Price
Cervin Robinson
Burt Silverman
Henry Wolf

Peter Aaron/ESTO
Ernst Haas
Jay Maisel
Phil Marco

Claes Oldenburg
Costantino Nivola
Saul Steinberg
Larry Rivers

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Condition*: Near Fine. Missing slipcase. Mild shelf wear. Pages are clean, undamaged, and complete.

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