Constructing the Cold War Environment

Constructing the Cold War Environment (Lulu.com, 2009)

Michael Kubo delivers an information packed book on the architectural history of the RAND Corporation's headquarters building in Santa Monica, California. The RAND Corporation was and is one of the premier think tanks in the nation and world. They advise leaders in all types of industry's as well as the government. During the Cold War, they provided strategic advice to our nation's military commanders.

During the early 1950's, RAND was poised to begin construction on a new building. J.D. Williams advised leadership that the building should include an open courtyard where researchers could “intentionally” run into each other to foster collaboration and idea sharing. Today, this is part of the corporate space planning process, but back then this was a revolutionary concept.

Michael takes a deep dive approach to interior architecture and the role these breakthrough ideas had on architecture and at the RAND Corporation. If you love architecture or history, you will enjoy this book. This book is one of my all-time favorites!

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