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Building Big with David Macaulay: Domes
     

Building Big with David Macaulay: Domes

Director: Tom Levenson, David Macaulay

Cast: Tom Levenson, David Macaulay

 

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David Macaulay, the renowned author/ illustrator of The Way Things Work, has a knack for demystifying mechanical structures by explaining the engineering, physics, and human ingenuity that have gone into their design -- although in sum, his explanations usually make the man-made world seem ever more curious and phenomenal. In WGBH Boston's Building Big

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David Macaulay, the renowned author/ illustrator of The Way Things Work, has a knack for demystifying mechanical structures by explaining the engineering, physics, and human ingenuity that have gone into their design -- although in sum, his explanations usually make the man-made world seem ever more curious and phenomenal. In WGBH Boston's Building Big series, Macaulay visits the world's great architectural structures to tell their stories and the stories of the men who built them; here he discusses the unique design of the Hagia Sophia's dome, uses archival photos to literally reconstruct the Capitol Dome in Washington, DC, explains how (and why) a circus tycoon decided to build the Houston Astrodome, and explores the geodesic dome design of Buckminster Fuller. The video includes a mini dome-building exercise.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/2004
UPC:
0783421322790
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
NR
Source:
Wgbh
Time:
1:05:00
Sales rank:
77,941

Special Features

Closed Caption; Printable materials for educators and parents; Access to the Building Big web site; Scene selection; Closed captions

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Introduction [3:57]
2. The Houston Astrodome [7:17]
3. The Pantheon [7:34]
4. Islamic Domes [9:00]
5. St. Peter's [5:56]
6. The U.S. Capitol Building [7:53]
7. Geodesic Domes [12:21]
8. Building Small: Domes [11:54]

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