The Secrets Behind the Structures

This page will give you a preview of an upcoming book called The Secrets Behind the Structures, a book that will explore the inside stories of some of the world’s great, and not so great constructions. Great buildings, bridges, and other constructions don’t just appear; they are usually the result of a long process of political and economic maneuvering by many people. Should we build? Where should we build? What should we build? How will we raise the money? Who decides how the structure will be designed and how it will be used?

Of course, buildings are not the only structures built and used by people all over the world. Bridges, dams, towers and canals all stand in the silent shadow of their own history. How many people know that the top of the Empire State Building was designed to be a mooring place for transatlantic passenger dirigibles? How many realize that the Eiffel Tower was once condemned and reviled by the leading citizens of Paris; or that the Great Wall of China was the subject of a hoax by American newspaper men in search of a story on a slow news day, a hoax that spread around the world?
From the Cathedral at Chartres to the Great Wall of China, to the Golden Gate Bridge, the world is full of beautiful and impressive structures with an inside story that few know about. Some of these structures, such as the Eiffel Tower, are known to almost everyone. Others, such as the Kowloon Walled City are much less well known, and countless other structures are almost completely ignored by all but a few, but all have their histories.

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These stories include how one of the most beautiful structures in the world was once regarded as an eyesore; how balloons were used to design part of Disney World, and how a controversial bridge in Cincinnati became the model for the Brooklyn Bridge. Behind the scenes and mostly out of public view are of the engineering, history and controversy behind some of the world’s great and not so great structures, stories such as
How they were built
Why they were built
What was remarkable about them
What happened around them.
What happened because of them
What happened to them.

Along the way this book will discover the answers to questions such as..Why do most cathedrals have windows with pointed arches? Why not rounded?
What was the real purpose of the tower on the top of the Empire State Building?
Why does the Hoover Dam contain miles of plumbing pipes buried in the concrete?
What was the Golden Gate Bridge’s “Halfway to Hell Club”?
Why are buildings in the Arctic built so that frozen air can get beneath them?

The structures of the world have stories to tell and secrets to discover. Let’s look at some of them. Here is a link to a special site about this project.