May
24
2009
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What is the CN Tower?

CN Tower - courtesy SanGatiche - CC-BYThe CN Tower in Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is a communications and observation tower standing 1,815.4 ft. It surpassed the height of the Ostankino Tower while still under construction in 1975. It then was the tallest free-standing structure ‘on land’ in the world. Because the Petronius Platform oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico is [more…]

May
24
2009
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What is the Sears Tower?

Sears Tower - courtesy David Paul Ohmer - CC-BYThe Sears Tower is a skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois. At the time it was finished in 1973 it was the tallest building in the world, surpassing the World Trade Center towers in New York City. It is the tallest building in the United States, and the fourth tallest freestanding structure in the world. In summer [more…]

May
24
2009
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What is the Empire State Building?

Empire State Building - courtesy Jim Linwood - CCc-BYThe Empire State Building is an Art Deco skyscraper in New York City. The Empire State Building is legend. Built in the midst of the Great Depression, it was, and still is a testament to American fortitude and ingenuity. It was the world’s tallest building for more than forty years, from 1931 until the completion [more…]

May
23
2009
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What is the Chrysler Building?

Chrysler Building - courtesy tiseb - CC-BYThe Chrysler Building is an Art Deco skyscraper in New York City. Near the beginning of the 20th century, the race for the tallest building in the world got underway and the Chrysler Building was the first building to top the then tallest structure, the Eiffel Tower in Paris. It was the world’s tallest building [more…]

May
23
2009
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What is the Shanghai World Financial Center?

Shanghai World Financial Center - courtesy Micah Sittig - CC-BYThe Shanghai World Financial Center skyscraper in Shanghai, China. It is the second tallest building in the world and the tallest in mainland China, including Hong Kong. It is currently the world’s tallest completed building by roof. It tops out at 1,614.2 ft. The most distinctive feature in the design of the building is an [more…]

May
23
2009
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What is Taipei 101?

Taipai 101 dominates the skyline - courtesy tylerdurden1 - CC-BYTaipei 101 is a skyscraper located in Taipei, Taiwan. The building is the world’s tallest “completed skyscraper” according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.  The Burj Dubai in the United Arab Emirates is not yet ‘completed.’  Since international architectural standards define a “building” as a structure capable of being fully occupied. The [more…]

May
23
2009
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What is the Burj Khalifa (Burj Dubai)?

Burj Dubai March 2009 - courtesy Joi - CC-BYUpdate – – The Burj officially opened in January, 2010 and was renamed Burj Khalifa.  It is now officially the tallest building in the world. Burj Dubai is a skyscraper under construction in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Even in its unfinished state, it is the tallest man-made structure ever built. During July 2007, the Burj [more…]

Apr
24
2009
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What is Stalinist Gothic architecture?

Moscow State University - courtesy Argenberg - CC-BYStalinist architecture, (Stalin’s Empire style, also referred to as the Stalinist Gothic, or Socialist Classicism) is a term given to architecture of the Soviet Union between 1933 and 1955, when Nikita Khruschev condemned “excesses” of the past decades. There is nothing quite like Stalinist-Gothic architecture, except the Gotham City backdrops of the Batman films. During [more…]

Apr
14
2009
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What are the Petronas Towers?

Petronas Twin Towers - courtesy jubeiz - CC-BYThe Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia were the world’s tallest buildings, before being surpassed by Taipei 101. Until 1998, the world’s tallest skyscraper had always been in the United States. But that year, Malaysia’s Petronas Towers laid claim to the distinction. The towers were designed by Argentine-American architect Cesar Pelli. They were finished in [more…]

Apr
14
2009
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What is the Eiffel Tower?

Eiffel Tower in the rain - courtesy McPig - CC-BYThe Eiffel Tower is an immense tower of exposed latticework supports made of iron built in Paris, France, and it has become a popular tourist attraction and a global symbol of that country. It is one of the most easily identified structures in the world. The tower is named after its designer, Gustave Eiffel and [more…]

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