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Building Big

by David  Macaulay

Published by Houghton Mifflin, 2000
192 pages
ISBN: 0-395-96331-1

Age 9 and older

David Macaulay came to attention more than 25 years ago for his book Cathedral in which he described in drawings and words how such a ficticious French cathedral might have been planned and contructed centuries ago. A succession of his books about architecture have interested children and adults alike. Macaulay created Building Big after working on a television series with the same title. Here he interprets the design problems and solutions for actual bridges, tunnels, dams, domes, and skyscrapers of the world: Chicago's John Hancock Building and Sears Tower, New York City's Empire State Building and World Trade Center, Hoover Dam, the current Big Dig in Boston, the U.S. Capitol, Istanbul's Hagia Sophia and Sehzade Mosque, the bridge across the Firth of Forth, the channel linking England to France - and vice versa - and close to two dozen others. He didn't forget to include the Astrodome in Houston, Texas, where with sly humor Macaulay suggests holding an international dome exposition sometime in the future. CCBC categories: The Arts; Contemporary People, Places, and Events; Historical People, Places, and Events. (GMK; Jan 22) 2000 Cooperative Children's Book Center

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