The Architecture and Design of the Twin Towers Term Paper by Nicky

A look at the impact of the twin towers' design on their collapse, September 11, 2001.
# 150910 | 1,802 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on May 02, 2012 in Hot Topics (Terror and 9/11) , Engineering (General)

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The paper describes how the twin towers were an incredible feat of engineering and explains how they were built to withstand the impact of a commercial plane crash. The paper then discusses the main reason for the buildings' complete destruction and collapse that was the raging fires that weakened the steel frame and support columns. Finally, the paper explains how architects and engineers are learning valuable lessons from the collapse of the twin towers that will improve the safety of future structures.

From the Paper:

"The September 11, 2001 attacks changed the face of the Manhattan skyline and will remain as one of the worst days of American history in the minds of the American public. That day represented pure hatred and disregard for human life, with thousands of innocent working men and women falling victim to an attack that originated out of hatred towards the government and military presence of the United States elsewhere in the world. Thousands of people got up and went to work that morning like it was any other morning, only to witness one of the greatest tragedies of American history. The two World Trade Center towers, which were built to withstand the impact of a jet plane, fell victim to the intense heat of a jet fuel propelled fire, leading to their collapse and the demise of thousands of workers, fireman, and police on that tragic September morning. Although the design of the two twin towers really could not have been improved that much based on the conditions of when they were built, modern architects can learn from the failures of the buildings as well as their strengths to help in the construction of modern skyscrapers to be the strongest and safest buildings possible with the materials available to us."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Buyukozturk, Oral & Ulm, Franz-Josef. "World Trade Center Collapse Assessing the Events." Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT. Retrieved 23 Sep 2009 at
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