Please Explain: Skyscrapers

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Carol Willis, an architectural historian and the Founder and Director of the Skyscraper Museum, and Bill Baker, a partner in charge of Structural and Civil Engineering with the firm Skidmore Owings and Merrill, answer your questions about how skyscrapers are built, and how and why they keep getting taller. Bill Baker and his colleagues are the designers of what will soon be the world's tallest building, the Burj Dubai.

Diagrams Comparing Some of the World's Skyscrapers

Carol Willis's Form Follows Finance: Skyscrapers and Skylines in New York and Chicago is available for purchase at