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The Sears Tower, Chicago [electronic resource]

For 25 years it was the tallest building in the world, and it still holds that title in the United States. However, when the
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2008; 2007
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The Turning Torso, Malmo [electronic resource]

What happens when a city loses its trademark industry and the trademark architectural icon that goes with it? That was the problem facing the Swedish shipbuilding city of Malmo when the Kockums Crane was dismantled in 2002. This program illustrates the city's radical solution-a dramatic reinvention of its skyline and its socioeconomic image with the Turning Torso apartment building. Viewers will learn about the tower's unique sculptural origins, its twisted cube-stack shape, its unusual slanted windows, and its role in creating Malmo's post-industrial identity. The civic controversy that frequently accompanies daring building design is also explored.
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2008; 2007
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Seven World Trade Center, New York [electronic resource]

No setting is more important in the history of office tower design than the famous skyline of Manhattan. After the 9/11 attacks scarred the cityscape, architects began to rethink the priorities involved in dramatically vertical building design. This episode profiles 7 World Trade Center, the first building to be constructed on Ground Zero. Viewers will encounter the structure's surprising shape-a result of changes in its downtown environment-and discover how the building has taken occupant safety to new levels with a thickened concrete core, stairwells 50 percent wider than code requirements, and a lobby with a blast-resistant glass facade.
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2008; 2007
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Commerzbank, Frankfurt [electronic resource]

The traditional skyscraper is an environmentally unsound, energy-guzzling monster. But in 1997, celebrated British architect Norman Foster created a contradiction in terms: the world's first ecologically sensitive skyscraper. As a result, the Commerzbank Tower in Frankfurt changed the construction of giant corporate buildings forever. This episode features a walking tour of the building and an extended conversation with its chief architect, Stefan Behling. Exploring the tower's fascinating triangular design, the program studies the elevator cores at each corner, the plumbing and AC systems which incorporate rainwater and fresh air, and the lush, contemplative sky gardens.
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2008; 2007
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Eureka Tower, Melbourne [electronic resource]

As globally recognized landmarks go, the Sydney Opera House is tough to beat. But the city of Melbourne has impressive features of its own. This program looks at the high life while going down under-exploring Melbourne's 300-meter Eureka Tower, the tallest residential building in the world and the most exclusive address in the southern hemisphere. Featuring interviews with architect Nonda Katsalidis and developer Benni Aroni, the episode provides an in-depth tour of the dynamic structure and shows how its design is aimed at Australia's high-flyers. Viewers will learn about the building's exterior color scheme, a tribute to the Victorian Gold Rush, and its relationship to the interior shapes and decor.
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2008; 2007
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Torre Mayor, Mexico City [electronic resource]

One of the strongest buildings on the planet, Torre Mayor is constructed to withstand seismic movement that would obliterate the average skyscraper. Built in the wake of Mexico City's devastating 1985 earthquake, the tower is both a monument to engineering and a haven of safety in one of the world's most active seismic zones. This program focuses on the brilliant safety solutions behind Torre Mayor's innovative design. Viewers are introduced to its double-triangle diamond pattern, an ultra-solid combination of bracing and dampers, and the building's concrete-encased steel columns-all resulting in a tower that does not sway significantly during a quake.
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2008; 2007
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Q1, Australian Gold Coast [electronic resource]

Once a trendy haven for beach bums, Surfers Paradise is fast becoming the Miami of the southern hemisphere, thanks to developers aiming to make it a resort for the rich and famous. Surfers' skyline is changing too, with the massive Q1 Tower now dominating the landscape. This program looks at the imposing structure from more than one angle, studying its extraordinary design elements while asking: how has its pristine environment been affected? Viewers will learn about Q1's massive exterior canopy, its honeycomb core that reduces weight while maintaining structural strength, and the system of 26 supporting piles that had to be buried in the sandy soil beneath the tower.
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2008; 2007
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Cira Center, Philadelphia [electronic resource]

It is an increasingly common scenario: a developer wants to build a tower in a depressed urban area, and must fill half the building before permits are issued. What's the ace in the hole? A superstar architect who brings media attention to the project. This program recounts such a story, in which Petronas Towers and Canary Wharf creator Cesar Pelli waved his magic design wand over the Cira Center project, making it stand apart from other Philadelphia high-rises. In addition to the building's design features, the program reflects on the question: are celebrity architects over-hyped and overpaid, and what-if any-public benefits exist to offset their staggering paychecks?
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2008; 2007
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Cologne Cathedral [electronic resource]

Any serious study of the modern skyscraper must acknowledge its precursor-the Gothic cathedral. This program examines the design, construction, and history of Cologne Cathedral-which, for a grand total of four years, was the tallest building in the world. Dr. Barbara Schock-Werner, the cathedral's resident chief architect, describes political and cultural conditions during Cologne's initial building years and guides viewers through the evolution of the colossal church. Dr. Ulrike Brinkmann, in charge of the cathedral's acres of stained glass, sheds light on the religious meanings and architectural significance of the myriad colored windows.
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2008; 2007
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One Canada Square, London [electronic resource]

In 1991, One Canada Square, the UK's tallest skyscraper, changed the London skyline. But the Cesar Pelli-designed icon did not rise up in the heart of the British capital. As this program describes, the developers undertook a billion-dollar gamble by creating an international financial center, symbolized by this obelisk-shaped tower, in the city's East End docklands. Viewers will learn about the complicated political and economic cooperation that had to occur before building could begin. The collapse of the global property market following completion of the complex-resulting in bankruptcy for the developers and darkness for a large section of the tower-is another major subject.
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2008; 2007