An experimental biography of Minoru Yamasaki runs counter to the familiar—and tragic—appraisals of his career

Sandfuture is ostensibly a book about the World Trade Center. This is what we can glean from the cover, which features Fred R. Conrad’s ravishing 1977 picture of sunbathers lying on a beach in front of the recently completed Twin Towers. The irony is deeply felt as this picture captures a moment of pristine elegance at odds with a city on the brink of financial ruin. The beach that became the setting for the image was a contrivance, a cenote of dredged sand that paused development on the site that would soon become Battery Park City. And yet the book’s title takes on a mysterious and elegiac aspect, as

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