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AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

The Design of the Twin Towers

  • Aired: 09/09/2003
  • 02:14
  • Rating: NR
The design and construction of the twin towers of the World Trade Center marked a dramatic break with nearly a century of skyscraper tradition. The unprecedented height and size of the towers posed a new kind of structural challenge. They needed not only to support the sheer weight of the 1,360-ft-tall buildings, but to overcome the even greater loads caused by the high winds of New York Harbor.
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