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Skyscrapers: Uncovering Technology.

SKYSCRAPERS: Uncovering Technology

CHRIS OXLADE

In this lavishly illustrated book, Oxlade introduces young readers to the amazing feats of engineering that are behind the world's tallest buildings. People have always aspired to build upward, as evidenced in the many famous towers and pyramids. Oxlade explains early building styles and how the first skyscrapers were built from masonry and metal. He then addresses the various waves of skyscraper building that have occurred since the 1880s. The book also features some unusually shaped skyscrapers--such as the twin Emirates towers in Dubai and Barcelona's Torre Agbar--and includes details about amazingly fast elevators. Oxlade describes how skyscrapers are constructed to cope with high winds, extreme temperatures, and earthquakes. A section on the World Trade Center details why the twin towers collapsed and suggests what will replace them. Finally, a section shows and discusses drawings of planned buildings that could steal the crown as world's tallest. For ages 12 and up. Firefly, 2006, 52 p., color images, hardcover, $16.95.
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Date:Aug 5, 2006
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