This new form, the geometrical sublime, had to do with triumphs over nature more emphatic than those of the antebellum period. Whereas the dynamic form of the technological sublime had emphasized the movement of information over wires and railways across the natural landscape, transforming it into a mere backdrop, the geometrical sublime was static and appeared to dominate nature through elegant design and sheer bulk. It found expression first in bridges and soon afterward in skyscrapers. All these structures expressed the triumph of reason in concrete form, proving that the world was becoming, in Emerson's words, 'a realized will'—'the double of man.'"
5. "You don’t beat it like metal, you lead it": Tracing glass—stained, flat, auto, float, safety, and blown—through Detroit.
"Despite the downward trend of Detroit’s manufacturing, the industrial glass industry continued to prosper during the 1970’s as many innovations were reshaping automotive design.
'Detroit is about the flat glass industry,' says Robert Cassetti, senior director of the Corning Museum of Glass in New York. 'And up until recent history, the automotive industry has driven innovation in flat glass technology.' In Detroit, the automotive industry’s technical demands for safety and lightweight design propelled glass innovations.
The glass industry was late to the industrial revolution. At the beginning of the 20th century, there wasn’t a way to mass-produce flat glass. All glass making for industrial applications were fundamentally hand-made processes’ and highly labor intensive. In order to achieve flat glass, glass cylinders were created then opened and flattened manually. The first ten years of light bulbs were blown by hand, as were Coca-Cola bottles until 1900. It wasn’t until 1901 that Belgian glassmaker Emile Fourcault invented a machine that created long sheets of glass."
Today's 1957 American English Language Tip:
area. In its fig. uses area has become a VOGUE WORD: the area of foreign policy; more than two areas of the curriculum; we shall now deal with each subject-matter area; still another area the Protestant Church's life in this period is the area of public worship. For synonyms see FIELD.
I had so thoroughly absorbed this use of area, that it never occurred to me that it was figurative.
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