NOVA: Why the Towers Fell (2002)

Genres - Culture & Society, Science & Technology  |   Sub-Genres - Architecture & Design, Inventions & Innovations  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |  
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Among the many shocking images burned into America's collective consciousness after September 11, 2001, was the sight of the World Trade Center towers buckling and collapsing into dust after they'd been stuck by jetliners. How could two of the biggest and strongest commercial buildings in the world be so suddenly and dramatically reduced to rubble? Nova: Why the Towers Fell is a documentary (produced as part of the acclaimed PBS science series Nova) which looks at the engineering, design, and construction innovations that helped to make the construction of the WTC towers possible, and how these same virtues could have become deadly flaws in the wake of the attack.

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engineering, famous-structures, skyscraper, terrorism, disaster, building, collapse