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Building Big with David Macaulay: Domes


Rated: NR, Ages 5 to 95

Availability: Out of stock


Director(s): David Macaulay

Language: English

Release Date: October 26, 2004

Running Time: 65 minutes

Number of Discs: 1



Where gods meet and players play: discover the domed wonders of the world. What holds up the Astrodome? Why did the Romans leave a hole in the roof of the Pantheon? Tour the world and trace the 2000-year history of domes with award-winning author-illustrator and captivating storyteller David Macaulay. From Houston's Astrodome to Rome's St. Peter's Cathedral, to the geodesic domes of Buckminster Fuller, Domes introduces ingenious designers, recounts rarely told heroic stories, and reveals amazing triumphs through spectacular film footage, fascinating facts, and dramatic recreations.

-Discover the innovative technique that ancient builders used in Constantinople to build the dome of the great church Hagia Sophia on a square base.
-View amazing archival photos that detail the painstaking, groundbreaking evolution of Washington, DC's Capitol Dome.
-See why the former owner of the Barnum & Bailey Circus created the revolutionary Houston Astrodome.
-Meet engineering cult figure Buckminster Fuller, and see how his interlocking triangle design became the controversial geodesic dome.
-Build your own mini-dome with Kenny and Caroline from the PBS kids' show ZOOM using only newspaper and masking tape.

David Macaulay hosts Building Big, the five-part series that brings you the amazing truth behind the greatest manmade wonders of the world. From the top of the Golden Gate Bridge to inside the Hoover Dam, Building Big travels the world exploring Bridges, Tunnels, Dams, Skyscrapers and Domes in unforgettable, really big adventures. Includes hands-on building activity designed for kids.

About David Macaulay:
David Macaulay is American illustrator and writer who graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) with a degree in architecture. His most famous books are nonfiction illustrated children's books about engineering and architecture. Macaulay's books have sold millions of copies and have been translated into multiple languages. He is the winner of multiple awards including the Caldecott Medal. His books include The Way Things Work, Pyramid, Castle, Underground, Building Big, and The Way We Work. Several of his books have been made into entertaining documentaries. Macaulay's books and videos should be on every child's bookshelf!

About PBS:
PBS (the Public Broadcasting Service) is a non-profit broadcaster which has 354 member television station which collectively own it. Founded in 1970, PBS distributes award winning, high content series like Frontline, NOVA, Sesame Street, among others. Many of their series can now be streamed for free from