Find out how skyscrapers are built and how they withstand the force of wind. View photographs and diagrams of the world’s tallest buildings and see how they compare to each other. Includes silent movies from the early 1900s that show New York skyscrapers.
PBS: Building Big
Explore these links to learn more about the construction of skyscrapers. The interactive "Loads Lab" explains the importance of proper construction. Also read about several famous skyscrapers and two women who work on the buildings.
View drawings of skyscrapers from around the world.
Skyscrapers: 20th Century
View images of skyscrapers throughout the 20th century. Click on an illustration to see an enlarged view.
Read about the danger that skyscrapers present to migrating birds.
American Memory: Early Films of New York
Click on a link to watch a video showing early scenes of New York skyscrapers. These movies were made in the time period of 1897-1906 and do not include audio.
America's Story: Elevators
Read about the man who invented elevators, which made skyscrapers more usable.
America's Story: Empire State Building
This page offers brief information about the Empire State Building. Advance to the next page to continue reading.
How Stuff Works: Skyscrapers
Advance through the pages to read about the construction of skyscrapers. Includes information about girders and wind resistance. There is also a link to an article explaining why the Twin Towers fell. NOTE: This site includes ads.
PBS Kids: The Skyscraper Wars
Read the two articles and then do the suggested classroom activity.
World's Tallest Buildings
This page has a diagram and table about the world's tallest buildings. NOTE: This site includes ads.
PBS: Wonders of the World
Learn about the Sears Tower in Chicago, how it compares to other tall buildings, how much it cost to build, and other fun facts.
Learn about how the CN Tower in Toronto was built, the world's tallest Tower.