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13 Skyscrapers Children Should Know (Hardcover) (Brad Finger)

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This newest addition to Prestel's acclaimedseries, which introduces children to importantworks of art and architecture, takes youngreaders around the world to investigate howtall buildings are constructed and what makesthem so appealing. There's something irresistible about a skyscraper. It can reshapean entire city skyline, and from the building's top floors, peoplecan see the world from a different perspective. Travellingfrom New York City to Dubai, from London to Shanghai, andfrom Kuala Lumpur to Chicago, this colorful book featuresdouble-page spreads for each of the skyscrapers it profiles.Each chapter includes photographs, information on thebuilding's architect and history, and interesting facts about itsconstruction and use. For instance, why is the Chrysler Buildingso admired, even though it doesn't stand nearly as tall as otherskyscrapers? How do you measure the height of a building andhow do you make sure it doesn't topple over in strong winds?How has skyscraper technology changed from the steel frameskeletons that supported the earliest towers to the advancedcomputer programs that are now needed to design buildingsmore than 100 stories high? How has city life changed sincethe first skyscrapers were built? Written in a style that will drawin young readers, this fascinating tour of the world's tallestbuildings will satisfy even the most curious minds.

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