“Captivating and informative . . . can be warmly recommended, both for its richness of detail and Gordon’s easy command of architectural style.”
“Gordon’s engaging history tells the story of how airports have changed—from the first muddy airfields transporting people into a new world of experience (the ‘20th-century version of sublime’), through their transformation into ‘symbols of progressive thinking and utopian planning,’ and their sad decline into ‘an allegory for all that was dehumanizing in modern life.’”
"A sophisticated analysis [that will] attract many readers."
"An epic story."
"Naked Airport is as exhilarating as it is literate and informative."
"Splendid perspective…"--Desert Morning News
"Alastair Gordon's breezy, engaging new book NakedAirport . . . ingeniously traces the development of airport architecture."
" Gordon's lively history [is written] with an eclectic range of reference and an eye for detail . . . smoothly blending cultural and aesthetic history."
"Taxi-ing smoothly between architecture, planning and social history, Gordon explains how the soar-and-crash record of the airport as icon mirrors the rise and fall of technology-driven optimism."
"A richly illustrated and highly readable account of airport design as a social phenomenon."
"NakedAirport racks up elite-status frequent-flier miles as it ranges across airports on every continent."
"Gordon's prose is deft and witty. . . . NakedAirport elegantly traces the development of air travel by positioning the airport as a metaphor for our relationship to history and the rest of the world, capturing both the excitement and the anxiety of modern flight."
"A fascinating and accessible survey of airport design."
"An important and engaging look at airports as typology."
"Gordon's compelling narrative shows how architecture is bound up with the rest of the world in a way that architectural histories too rarely do."