Building Big

Building Big


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Why this shape and not that? Why steel instead of concrete or stone? Why put it here and not over there? These are the kinds of questions that David Macaulay asks himself when he observes an architectural wonder. These questions take him back to the basic process of design from which all structures begin, from the realization of a need for the structure to the struggles of the engineers and designers to map out and create the final construction.
As only he can, David Macaulay engages readers’ imaginations and gets them thinking about structures they see and use every day — bridges, tunnels, skyscrapers, domes, and dams. In Building Big he focuses on the connections between the planning and design problems and the solutions that are finally reached. Whether a structure is imposing or inspiring, he shows us that common sense and logic play just as important a part in architecture as imagination and technology do. As always, Macaulay inspires readers of all ages to look at their world in a new way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781578075447
Publisher: W G B H Boston Video
Publication date: 01/28/2004
Series: Building Big Series
Edition description: VIDEO&BK
Age Range: 9 Years

About the Author

David Macaulay is an award-winning author and illustrator whose books have sold millions of copies in the United States alone, and his work has been translated into a dozen languages. Macaulay has garnered numerous awards including the Caldecott Medal and Honor Awards, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, the Christopher Award, an American Institute of Architects Medal, and the Washington Post–Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award. In 2006, he was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, given “to encourage people of outstanding talent to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations.” Superb design, magnificent illustrations, and clearly presented information distinguish all of his books. David Macaulay lives with his family in Vermont.

Table of Contents

Ponte Fabricio11
Iron Bridge15
Britannia Bridge16
Garabit Viaduct20
Firth of Forth24
Golden Gate Bridge30
Ponte de Normandie52
Two Ancient Tunnels58
Hoosac Tunnel60
Thames Tunnel69
Holland Tunnel76
The Channel Tunnel78
The Big Dig87
Ita Dam94
Hoover Dam111
Aswan High Dam118
Itaipu Dam122
Hagia Sophia136
Sehzade Mosque140
St. Peter's Basilica141
Les Invalides144
St. Paul's Cathedral144
United States Capitol145
Reliance Building162
Woolworth Building166
Chrysler Building167
Empire State Building168
John Hancock Center174
World Trade Center175
Sears Tower176
Citigroup Center179
Petronas Towers180
Commerzbank Frankfurt186

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