By: David Macaulay
Published by: Houghton Mifflin Company
Publication Date: 1980
Series: Buildings Built to Last by David Macaulay

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Constructing the Empire State Building—eighty-six floors of steel, concrete, limestone, and glass—was an incredible feat of engineering science.  But the "unbuilding" of such a structure offers an even more demanding challenge, and David Macaulay, with his superb draftsmanship and impish humor, meets that challenge brilliantly in this unique book.

The skills of a myriad of specialists are orchestrated as the scaffolding rises, the rubble chutes are set in place, and the step-by-step dismantling of an American landmark begins.  Watching the great skyscraper's demolition, the reader comes to realize the precise timing and organization involved in such a task.

Never again will we see the Empire State Building in the same way, for in his carefully researched, meticulous account of how it might by unbuilt, David Macaulay has provided an exciting new perspective on the most characteristic form of American architecture.

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