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Reaching the Clouds

Rochel Burstyn

Nowadays, even very down-to-earth people can have their “head in the clouds.” That’s because of the development over the past hundred years of skyscrapers, super-sized buildings that can reach over 100 stories!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

For many centuries, buildings were built with bricks and cement. However, brick walls weren’t strong enough to support the weight of a building taller than five stories. This worked out fine because no one wanted to climb more than five flights of stairs anyhow! The invention of a safe passenger elevator in 1852 changed that. Elisha Graves Otis added safety brakes to the elevator, which kept it from plunging to the ground if a rope broke. At around the same time, builders started using materials other than cement for construction. Steel, which is stronger and lighter than bricks and cement, could be used to support very tall buildings. With these two inventions, architects suddenly found that the sky was the limit!

 

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