Skyscraper: The Making of a Building

Skyscraper: The Making of a Building

by Karl Sabbagh

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A companion to a forthcoming public television series of the same name, Skyscraper provides an intriguing behind-the-scenes look at the creation of a massive new building in New York City from its inception and financing through the design phase to its actual construction and leasing. While attention is given to the technology involved in such a project, Sabbagh focuses on the personalities that gave their time and energy to this complex three-year undertaking. Readers are introduced not only to the project developers and architects, but also to the financiers, brick manufacturers, construction foremen, leasing agents, and tenants who collectively determine the ultimate success of the project. Both entertaining and informative, this book will appeal to anyone who has ever peered through a construction fence and wondered what was going on.-- H. Ward Jandl, National Park Service, Washington, D . C .
On the agonies of building a fast-track building in NYC. The book, also, looks fast-track: mixes metric and English measures, crude and ugly computer graphic illustrations--frequently unclear, and several good color photos lack captions. Deals with people, negotiations and finances more than with engineering. Sarbach created the TV series of the same title. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
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1st American ed
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20.00(w) x 20.00(h) x 20.00(d)

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