Skyscrapers and Ancient Pyramids Persuasive Essay by Nicky

Skyscrapers and Ancient Pyramids
A discussion on the similarities between modern skyscrapers and the pyramids of yesteryear.
# 148436 | 1,276 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 25, 2011 in Architecture (Ancient) , Architecture (Modern)

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The paper discusses the functions of pyramids and platforms of old and relates them to today's skyscrapers and the cities that surround them. The paper points out the intentions behind skyscrapers that are to be architectural marvels and a symbol of money and grandeur. The paper asserts that they parallel the ancient world in terms of structure, appearance and a desire to challenge the natural world.

From the Paper:

"Though the same author goes on to stress concerns that the Gherkin and its influential owners have had monumental trouble, as of late filling the rented space within the tower, as have others, since the 2001 terrorist attacks in the US, the symbol is still a high flying example of the feats of humanity. Every architect and architectural designer has an overarching goal of someday being involved in the development of a grand skyscraper, despite the fact that their building is in decline, as they prove to be illogical and poor draws for tenancy. The skyscraper is a functional and societal challenge to the elements and to the ability of science and construction to overcome the logical laws of physics. Building materials and the progress of technology have to a large degree been created, refined and manipulated to develop skyscrapers and make them real and manageable realities, regardless of the fact that appearance, rather than function often dictated the whole of the vision and determined the lengths that the monument would go as a symbol of human progress and success."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Attia, Abdalla Abdelaziz. "Cities Spanning the Millennia: Cairo/Alexandria." In Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat: Cities in the Third Millennium, 269-288. New York: Spon Press, 2001.
  • David, A. R. The Pyramid Builders of Ancient Egypt: A Modern Investigation of Pharaoh's Workforce. New York: Routledge, 1996.
  • Green, Charles. Sutton Hoo: The Excavation of a Royal Ship-Burial. London: Merlin Press, 1963.
  • Long, Michael E. "Presidential Temples: How Memorials and Libraries Shape Public Memory." Presidential Studies Quarterly 37, no. 1 (2007): 176+.
  • Shultz, and Walter Simmons. Offices in the Sky. Indianapolis, IN: Bobbs-Merrill, 1959.

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