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Notes on the Geography of The Eastern United States: Manhattan: Starchitecture: Photo 12

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Here's one of the two World Trade Center towers, designed by Minoru Yamasaki, completed in 1975, and destroyed on September 11, 2001. Until that day, the buildings had never been celebrated for anything other than their size.

The towers had been commissioned by the New York Port Authority. Each building had four million leasable square feet spread over 110 floors and 1,250 feet. The external steel frames were weight-bearing, and on the day of their destruction the heat of 300 tons of burning jet fuel weakened them so that the upper floors collapsed like a hammer onto the otherwise intact floors below.

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