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Unbuilding by David Macaulay
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Dec 03, 11

really liked it
bookshelves: architectural
Read in December, 2011

I was thinking this might be good for my skyscraper-fascinated 5 yr old. Because it's written so realistically, I thought of the War of the Worlds radio broadcast that made people worry that it was actually happening! The renderings were wonderful, at least from an architect's point of view and the fact that they were detailed and labeled made it a very interesting read. I have to agree with the review on the back cover that it is a perfect call to preservation to imagine what it would be to lose something precious like that. Although, I've never been to NYC to see the Empire State Building, it is too iconic to imagine it gone. One sad part was the short discussion of the World Trade Center towers being demolished as an appeasement to the city given it's tragic demise. Unfortunate in an otherwise wonderful book.
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