Who Built That? Skyscrapers

Didier Cornille

PA Press / Abrams & Chronicle, Princeton Architectural press

An introduction to skyscrapers and their architects

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Ever wanted to know how Gustave Eiffel made Paris’s iconic tower? or how the Crystler building came into being? Didier Cornille’s book is a colourful tour of 8 of the world’s tallest buildings including The John Hancock Building in Chicago, The Torre Agbar in Barcelona and Dubai’s Burj Khalifa tower.

Each architect is given a brief introduction followed by an outline of the construction of their designs, Cornille adopts a simple approach focusing on key facts along with some interesting additions, I never knew that the Eiffel tower was used to study the force of wind and measuring gravity, or that the pioneers of aviation tested their models there!

Didier Cornille is a designer and professor at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts Du Mans


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