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Built to Lastby David Macaulay
Synopses & Reviews
A nomad fashion's a home thats meant to be built and rebuilt. A family tears down an old house and erects a new one in its place. Even the Eiffel Tower wasnt meant to be anything more than temporary. As humans, we dont always build things to endure the test of time. Built to Last brings together the award-winning author and artist David Macaulays creative, exacting thinking about buildings and designs that were crafted with a strength of structure and purpose that defy the everyday: Castle, Cathedral, and Mosque. This gorgeous volume includes newly researched information about each building and how it was built. And, for the first time ever, the Caldecott Honor-winning Castle and Cathedral appear in full color—with stunning new drawings that enrich the readers understanding of these structures, and capture intriguing new perspectives and details. Just as the buildings themselves were created to last, our interest in the structures themselves, the people who created them, and the purposes for which they were made endures as well. This impeccably researched volume—a necessary addition to the bookshelf of anyone interested in architecture—celebrates this spirit of endurance and serves as a reminder that building well and leaving something of consequence behind, whether a building, a design, or an idea, is still of the utmost importance.
This new book by a Caldecott Medalist--inspired by three classic, award-winning books--reveals the how and why behind some of the most fascinating and enduring structures humankind has ever created. Full color.
Why? Answers toand#160;Everyday Scientificand#160;Questions gets to grips with concepts that appear simple and straightforward, but which most people, when asked, really canand#8217;t explain. Whyand#160;is the skyand#160;blue? Why is water wet? Why do we need sleep? Why are there 24 hours in a day? For each question, author Joel Levy provides a simple, single line answer followed by more in-depth information about the scientific background on these essential topics. The book spans physics, biology, chemistry, geology, geography, meteorology, paleontology and planetary science and#8211; allowing readers to wow friends and family alike with pithy answers to the obvious questions they never thought to ask.
This new bookand#8212;inspired by three classic, award-winning booksand#8212;reveals the how and why behind some of the most fascinating and enduring structures humankind has ever created. Macaulay has revised texts based on new research, created gorgeous new drawings, in some cases wholly re-imagined scenes from the booksand#8212;bringing Castle and Cathedral to life in full-color for the very first time. The resulting illustrations add to the readerand#8217;s understanding of these buildings, capturing intriguing new perspectives and a depth of detail in structure and atmosphere.
This impeccably researched volume is not only a necessary addition to the bookshelf of any David Macaulay or architecture fan, but will delight readers of all ages who are experiencing his work for the first time.
About the Author
David Macaulay is an award-winning author and illustrator whose books have sold millions of copies in the United States alone, and his work has been translated into a dozen languages. Macaulay has garnered numerous awards including the Caldecott Medal and Honor Awards, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Christopher Award, an American Institute of Architects Medal, and the Washington Post-Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award. In 2006, he was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, given "to encourage people of outstanding talent to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations." Superb design, magnificent illustrations, and clearly presented information distinguish all of his books. David Macaulay lives with his family in Vermont.
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