Unbuilding

Unbuilding This fictional account of the dismantling and removal of the Empire State Building describes the structure of a skyscraper and explains how such an edifice would be demolished

  • Title: Unbuilding
  • Author: David Macaulay
  • ISBN: 9780395454251
  • Page: 200
  • Format: Paperback
  • This fictional account of the dismantling and removal of the Empire State Building describes the structure of a skyscraper and explains how such an edifice would be demolished.

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    1. What would happen if a crazy multibillionare in the Middle East decided to buy the Empire State Building and transport it across the ocean? Macaulay presents this scenario with a meticulously researched deconstruction with detailed illustrations of the building's internal structural features, showing over the course of two years what it would take to dismantle this monument of American architecture. In so doing, he helps the reader appreciate how significant an architectural achievement it is wh [...]

    2. The idea of deconstructing and "unbuilding" a skyscraper like the iconic Empire State Building is pretty compelling. Alas Macaulay does himself a disservice by couching the explanations in a dated satire about OPEC (here called the Greater Riyadh Institute of Petroleum, "GRIP" for sure) and the absurdly named Saudi Prince Ali Smith. (The satire is dated in the sense that it makes implicit reference to the gas crises of the 1970s. In the sense that it discusses dismantling skyscrapers in response [...]

    3. 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 los [...]

    4. The most whimsical yet in David MacAulay's body of works - this time he tackles the Empire State Building, and instead of straightforwardly showing how it was built, he imagines a situation in which an oil-rich sheikh has bought the great building and is having it dismantled, reversing the building process, so it can be shipped to the Middle East. A great fun read, with the usual combination of fascinating tidbits of information, little bits of fun, and portrait of the culture and people that cr [...]

    5. The inventive author/illustrator imagines the great undertaking of dismantling the Empire State Building. Black and white and highly detailed illustrations accompany detailed text that is understandable but introduces new architectural terms. To teach students aspects of construction and demolition or when working on measurements of height, length, and width at earlier levels this book could be utilized to verbally and visually teach new concepts. Macaulay brilliantly illustrates this fictional [...]

    6. 2010 May 29Yes, I'm a sucker for Macaulay.***It's fiction, but it's wonderfully educational. It would never have occurred to me to ask how one would de-construct the Empire State building, assuming one wanted to. But I marvel at the engineering necessary to un-build. Plus, more cool stuff about the building of the Empire State than I knew before.2013 May 5It's spring and a woman's fancy returns to the Empire State Building. I love this book.Library copy

    7. Informational #1This story made a LOT more sense once I realized that it was fictional. There were many, many details in this book and the illustrations made it easier to understand. This is not a book I would read to my entire class, but would suggest to those interested in buildings and architecture.

    8. As a kid with aspirations to be an architect, this book (along with Macaulay's others) was just fun to read over and over again. I'm sorely tempted to buy it, hide under my cover with a flashlight and go through it again.

    9. This book is about now constructors would lie to take down the Empire State building. It is very detailed with what kind of things the builders would need to take down the building like falling rubble. I liked this book.

    10. Unfortunately, it's a bit dated. I'm sure technology has changed somewhat in 30 years, and the idea of selling an American landmark to a middle eastern national would be laughable at best today--an his offer, in the story, to demolish the Twin Towers, gratis, is a bit jarring now.

    11. Whimsical readNo new yorker would agree to this but maybe they could take down the Trump dump. Still it was enjoyable to read

    12. If David Macaulay books didn't give me the super creeps, I'd probably give this a better rating. Just weird and creepy. Sorry I can't be more descriptive, I am just freaked out by these books!

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