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Key Buildings from Prehistory to the Present by Andrew Ballantyne

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Dulles Airport

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Eero Saarinen, 1910–61

Washington DC, USA; 1958–62

Air travel used to be more glamorous when only the rich could afford it, but it was not necessarily any more comfortable then. The oldest airports claim to date from before World War I, but their buildings have changed beyond recognition.

The Empire State Building’s finial mast was designed for the tethering of airships, which went out of service after the disastrous arrival of the Hindenberg in New Jersey in 1937. Aeroplanes were much faster than airships, but they needed runways. As planes have increased in size, runways need to be longer. As the passenger numbers have increased, ...

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