Art: The Road to Xanadu

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department's changing needs. Yamasaki decided on a clear-span plan, with no interior columns. The structure has tall, tapered concrete columns with exposed brackets that hold precast, prestressed concrete girders. The girders, 7 ft. high by 34 ft. long, will have designs on them to give them scale and to express their purpose as structural members. > The Woodrow Wilson School of Pub lic and International Affairs, at Prince ton, which Yamasaki designed to express "the nobility of public service." The scheme consists of 60 white precast columns, 28 ft. high, which will provide support for the upper floor. This will enable the lower floor to have nonbearing walls, with majestic spaces for a dining room, library, auditorium and skylighted reception lounge.

> A 20-story office building for IBM in Seattle, faced with slender, concrete-clad steel ribs that support the structure and give the building a delicate, almost at tenuated upward sweep. The arched colonnade at the bottom daringly omits corner columns. The Outsider. A few years ago. when his income had begun to swell, Yamasaki started looking for a larger house for his family, in either Birmingham or Grosse Pointe. But he soon found that even though he is one of Detroit's most famous citizens, he is also a Nisei and therefore still partly an outsider. His real estate broker told him. "I can't get you a house in either suburb. Yama. But I know of a fine old farmhouse in Troy which you can have." Yamasaki liked the 136-yearold farmhouse, and he lives there to this day with his mother and his blonde second wife Peggy (he and Teruko were divorced two years ago). He has landscaped his 15 acres, surrounded his house with Japanese-style gardens and patios, and supplied it with a deep Japanese-style bathtub. For him. the farmhouse means serenity

The office of Minoru Yamasaki & Asso ciates, which now grosses $1,000,000 a year, is something else again. Since the Port Authority commission, his staff has grown to 70 associates, engineers, designers, modelmakers and secretaries, who include a Burmese, a Thai, a Filipino, a Chinese, two Japanese, two Latvians and a Briton. Yamasaki knows everyone by his first name, no matter how green or young the employee may be; and he insists on being called Yama in return. The office may be a madhouse, but no detail is ever too minor for Yamasaki's careful attention, whether it be the type of door handle he wants for a new office building or the precise style of lettering that should go on the doors that say MEN and WOMEN. The Generous Spirit. In one room of his office is a model of the Lower West Side of Manhattan with a space representing 15 acres laid bare. In that space will go Yamasaki's new Trade Center. A project worked out by the Governors

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