Building Big

by David Macaulay

David Macaulay came to attention more than 25 years ago for his book Cathedral... read more

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 fictitious French cathedral might have been planned and constructed 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 & Sears Tower, New York City's Empire State Building & World Trade Center, Hoover Dam, the current Big Dig in Boston, the U.S. Capitol, Istanbul's Hagia Sophia & 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. (Age 10 and older)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2001

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