by David Macaulay


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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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ISBN-13: 9780395454251
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 10/26/1987
Series: Sandpiper
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 590,977
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.21(d)
Lexile: 1250L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

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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"It is not a work of nonfiction but a work of fantasy, and not the story of the making of the skyscraper but the story of the unmaking of a very particular one, the Empire State Building . . . The exquisite drawing style that marked Mr. Macaulay's earlier works on architecture remains as whimsical as ever." The New York Times

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Unbuilding 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
saraluisa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book chronicles an amazing part of history that I never knew about. It didn't quite matter that I had never been to the Empire State Building, Macaulay's illustrations create a magical world that made me hope for a different ending. The book, for those of us who are not architecturally literate, can be read solely by its pictures. For everyone else who understands and enjoys architecture, the text provides a rich explanation of what it took to dismantle the Empire State Building.
MerryMary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Unbuilding is another David Macaulay book that show showcases his meticulous attention to detail and his bizarre sense of humor. In this scenario, an eccentric mideast prince has bought the Empire State Building and is intent on taking it apart piece by piece to move it to the Arabian Desert.This oddball back story makes possible the "unbuilding" of the iconic structure, and we can see how the building was built as it is slowly dismantled. Fascinating.The ending is in keeping with the offbeat humor of the author - can't reveal it here, but I laughed out loud. (In real life I probably wouldn't have...)
m.a.harding on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a great book. A work of love. So simple but it reminds of Matthew Barney in some ways.
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