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Building Big with David Macaulay - Domes

Building Big with David Macaulay - Domes

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65 min.
Closed Caption:
WGBH Boston Video
Grade Level:
4 - 12
Where gods meet and players play–discover the domed wonders of the world.
What holds up the Astrodome? Why did the Romans leave a hole in the roof of the Pantheon? Tour the world and trace the 2000-year history of domes with award-winning author-illustrator- and captivating storyteller- David Macaulay (The Way Things Work). From Houston's Astrodome to Rome's St. Peter's Cathedral, to the geodesic domes of Buckminster Fuller, Domes introduces ingenious designers, recounts rarely told heroic stories, and reveals amazing triumphs through spectacular film footage, fascinating facts, and dramatic recreations.

– Discover the innovative technique that ancient builders used in Constantinople to build the dome of the great church Hagia Sophia on a square base
– View amazing archival photos that detail the painstaking, groundbreaking evolution of Washington, DC's Capitol Dome
– See why the former owner of the Barnum & Bailey Circus created the revolutionary Houston Astrodome
– Meet engineering cult figure Buckminster Fuller, and see how his interlocking triangle design became the controversial geodesic dome
– Bonus activity! Build your own mini-dome with Kenny and Caroline from the PBS kids' show ZOOM using only newspaper and masking tape David Macaulay hosts Building Big, the five-part series that brings you the amazing truth behind the greatest manmade wonders of the world. From the top of the Golden Gate Bridge to inside the Hoover Dam, Building Big travels the world exploring Bridges, Tunnels, Dams, Skyscrapers and Domes in unforgettable, really big adventures. Includes bonus hands-on building activity designed for kids. Special DVD features include: materials and activities for educators, scene selections and closed captions. On one DVD5 disc. Region coding: All regions. Audio: Dolby stereo. Screen format: Letterboxed.

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