Academic journal article Science and Children

Skyscrapers

Academic journal article Science and Children

Skyscrapers

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Skyscrapers

By Robyn Hardyman. $26.25. 32 pp. Rosen Publishing Group. New York. 2017. ISBN: 9781499431070.

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Humans have long yearned to touch the sky. Monuments grew upward. Built out of materials such as mud, brick, and stone, pyramids, cathedrals, mosques, and walls had many purposes, from religious beliefs to defense. When there is no more room to expand cities outward, people began to build buildings upward, which came to be known as skyscrapers.

This book contains some of the world's more intricate and unusual tall buildings in the world. The book also describes how they came to be built. It shows a progression of how engineering design became tied into stronger, lighter, and more flexible materials in the race to build the tallest building in the world.

Shape and style took on importance as buildings were designed to be both functional and aesthetic. Because the tall structures were literally islands in the sky, their tops stood above the clouds so they moved as the winds changed.

I remember my first visit to the World Trade Center many years ago and was shocked to feel the building move. Today, engineers are designing buildings that are green and more sustainable. …

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