BUILDING SYSTEMS AND CONCEPTS
William F. Baker
The very existence of skyscrapers is a testament to innovation.
Mankind had always lived close to the ground. During the thousands of years that preceded the birth of the skyscraper, life was limited by a reality of stairs and ladders. It was only after Elisha Otis invented a safer elevator that architects and engineers started a race to the sky with the 12 story Home Insurance Building - taking office buildings from the historical range of 5 or 6 stories to the 102-story Empire State Building in merely 40 years.
Figure 1 Skyscraper Development.
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Publication information: Book title: Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat: Cities in the Third Millennium. Contributors: Council On Tall Buildings And Urban Habitat - OrganizationName. Publisher: Spon Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 2001. Page number: 481.
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