Twin Towers: The Life of New York City's World Trade Center

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Rutgers University Press, 1999 - Architecture - 263 pages
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"The Twin Towers of the World Trade Center are more than office buildings. Completed in 1976, these edifices are still the tallest man-made structures in New York City." "Angus Gillespie recounts the political maneuvering necessary for the co-sponsor, the State of New Jersey, to agree to situate the project across the river in New York. Deftly presenting portraits of the men responsible for mooring the World Trade Center at its present location, he provides ample evidence that the backers were "second to none in self-promotion."" "Twin Towers also demonstrates how engineers prepared the site and solved complex problems (wind patterns, elevator placement, ground-water complications) in order to erect the towers, each with 110 stories. And Gillespie discusses the contrast between the architectural community's almost universal disdain for the towers' design and the public's enthusiastic acceptance of the buildings as a symbol of New York." "Gillespie captures what happens during a normal twenty-four-hour day in the Twin Towers, starting with early morning food deliveries and ending with the patrols of nighttime security guards."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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User Review  - Annemarie Deville - Goodreads

Detailed, excellent account on the construction of these buildings. Read full review

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User Review  - Ken - Goodreads

Good book that was exactly what I wanted when I read it after the destruction - an appreciation for the place, a feeling that it was a place with daily routines and normal activities like any other ... Read full review

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