for Building Big
by David Macaulay
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)
CCBC Choices 2001. © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2001. Used with permission.
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 from which all structures begin, 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.
As only he can, David Macaulay 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 imagination and technology do. As always, Macaulay inspires readers of all ages to look at their world in a new way.
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