The Picture History of Great Buildings

The Picture History of Great Buildings

by Gillian Clements
     
 

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Here is the history of the buildings that have shaped the world in which we live, ranging from Stonehenge and the Step Pyramid, to the high-rises that dominate our city skylines today. Each page features one building and looks at its history, its builders and the impact the style had on its contemporaries. Along the bottom is a timeline showing what other buildings

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Here is the history of the buildings that have shaped the world in which we live, ranging from Stonehenge and the Step Pyramid, to the high-rises that dominate our city skylines today. Each page features one building and looks at its history, its builders and the impact the style had on its contemporaries. Along the bottom is a timeline showing what other buildings were being constructed at that time in other parts of the world and how they reflect the growth of the societies in which they were designed and built.

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Chock-full of facts and decorated with sketches of more than 100 great buildings, this whirlwind world tour provides an introductory reference to architecture. From shelters built approximately 12,000 years ago through modern skyscrapers, readers will learn, period by period, about early cities of the Middle East, pyramids, monuments, bridges, churches and temples that represent most architectural styles throughout the world, as well as those who commissioned them and their architects, designers and builders. Sidebars filled with tiny text briefly describe access to and use of building materials and their impact on architecture. Moreover, Clements includes historical facts of interest to young readers, such as how construction of the World Trade Towers might have contributed to their collapse. References to unknown architectural terms will lead curious, sophisticated readers to the extensive glossary but may also frustrate and limit comprehension for those unwilling to thumb to the back of the book. Introductory and summary remarks express the author's hopeful concern for future "careful planning" and building of "eco-friendly" cities. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845074883
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date:
03/28/2008
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
10.12(w) x 10.12(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
8 - 13 Years

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