Building Big

Building Big

By: David Macaulay
Published by: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 2000

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Description

Why this shape and not that? Why steel instead of concrete or stone? Why put it here and not over there? These are the kinds of questions that David Macaulay asks himself when he observes an architectural wonder. These questions take him back to the basic process of design in which all structures begin, a process that proceeds from the realization of a need for the structure to the struggles of the engineers and designers to map out and create the final construction.

David Macaulay, as only he can, engages readers' imaginations and gets them thinking about structures they see and use every day—bridges, tunnels, skyscrapers, domes, and dams. In Building Big he focuses on the connections between the planning and design problems and the solutions that are finally reached. Whether a structure is imposing or inspiring, he shows us that common sense and logic play just as important a part in architecture as do imagination and technology. As always, Mr. Macaulay inspires readers of all ages to look at their world in a new way.

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