How to Build a Skyscraper (Hardcover)

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An architectural expert tours 46 of the world's most significant skyscrapers.

"A useful ready-reference work and a treat for architecture buffs."
-- Booklist

"Handsome color photographs, fact-packed summaries and crisp drawings (especially, a lucid cutaway look at each skyscraper) enhance his bite-sized blocks of text... This book stays true to its title, probing beneath the skin of skyscrapers to reveal their structural bones and the other things that shape them. It's a fine primer, especially for skyscraper geeks in search of a vicarious 'round-the-world tour."
-- Chicago Tribune

This distinctive book is the most comprehensive collection of modern skyscrapers published in the last 20 years. Skyscrapers have been piercing the clouds since the end of the nineteenth century but today's soaring land prices are driving developers to build bigger, better and higher while aiming for as small a footprint as possible.

The lavish spreads feature a large photograph with cross-section drawings plus fact boxes listing location, year of completion, height, stories, primary functions, owner/developer, architect, structural engineer, and construction firm.

Concise text describes historical context; unusual or innovative construction; engineering and structural systems; foundation, facade, and shape; the site history; and building usage; as well as any special features that make the skyscraper unique. For example, "The Gherkin" at 30 St Mary Axe, London, UK, surprisingly has only one piece of curved glass, despite its rounded shape.

The 46 skyscrapers in How to Build a Skyscraper appear not for their height but for their pioneering technology, sustainability, and other characteristics that set them apart. They are distributed over the world's most developed regions of North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

About the Author

John Hill is a registered architect, editor-in-chief of the Daily News section of (over 100k monthly visitors) and founder and editor-in-chief of the blog A Weekly Dose of Architecture Books ( He is the author of Buildings in Print: 100 Influential and Inspiring Illustrated Architecture Books, Guide to Contemporary New York City Architecture and 100 Years, 100 Buildings, and he oversees the Building of the Year competition for the American branch of the platform. He has a strong presence on key social media channels, including Twitter (@archidose, 12k). He focuses on writing, blogging and editing projects and gives architectural tours of New York City.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781770859609
ISBN-10: 1770859608
Publisher: Firefly Books
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2017
Pages: 192
Language: English