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Building Big with David Macaulay: Skyscrapers


Rated: NR, Ages 5 to 95

Availability: Out of stock


Director(s): David Macaulay

Language: English

Release Date: October 26, 2004

Running Time: 65

Number of Discs: 1



Tour the towers that made history and altered the future. Why was New York's most famous skyscraper dubbed the "Empty State Building?" How big is Japan's planned "supertower?" Tour the world's most incredible skylines with award-winning author-illustrator and captivating storyteller David Macaulay and trace the amazing stories of skyscrapers. From France's Gothic cathedrals to Malaysia's record-breaking Petronas Towers, Skyscrapers introduces courageous creators, recounts little known history, and reveals supersized triumphs through spectacular film footage and dramatic recreations.

-Discover how a medieval feud between rival Italian families helped create some of the world's earliest skyscrapers.
-Meet Gustave Eiffel, whose experience as a bridge builder produced one of the world's most famous towers.
-View rare footage of the Empire State Building's construction, and learn what drove one of the building's contractors to a nervous breakdown.
-Learn how design flaws in New York's Citicorp Center could have led to the greatest skyscraper catastrophe in history.
-Build a mini-skyscraper using only newspaper, a few books, and an electric fan.

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