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1. Scraping the sky
2. New York decides on Trade Center
3. Skyline or bottom line
Structurally speaking

Photo of Chrysler building by Library of Congress.


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Towers Dominated the City's Skyline, Stood as Icons of Wealth, Power, Mark Hinshaw, Seattle Times, Sept. 16, 2001.


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Design proposals for the World Trade Center site.

Can't make it to New York? Visit the The Skyscraper Museum online.

Still can't find your favorite highrise? Try this skyscraper database.

How to build a skyscraper.

Credits page, very sturdy.


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