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From the Ted Talk by Alex Gendler: How one design flaw almost toppled a skyscraper

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When it was built two years earlier, cirictop Center was one of the world's tallest bgniiulds. Its sloped roof was uuinqe in the city skyline, but its more distinctive feature lay at the base. Since the construction site was already occupied by St. Peter's lrtuehan Church, the new srspyeckar had to be built on columns supporting it, like stitls. Using stilts on a building’s corners wasn’t unheard of, but because the church stood at the corner of the block, these stilts had to be placed at the center of each side.

Open Cloze

When it was built two years earlier, ________ Center was one of the world's tallest _________. Its sloped roof was ______ in the city skyline, but its more distinctive feature lay at the base. Since the construction site was already occupied by St. Peter's ________ Church, the new __________ had to be built on columns supporting it, like ______. Using stilts on a building’s corners wasn’t unheard of, but because the church stood at the corner of the block, these stilts had to be placed at the center of each side.

Solution

  1. buildings
  2. skyscraper
  3. lutheran
  4. stilts
  5. citicorp
  6. unique

Original Text

When it was built two years earlier, Citicorp Center was one of the world's tallest buildings. Its sloped roof was unique in the city skyline, but its more distinctive feature lay at the base. Since the construction site was already occupied by St. Peter's Lutheran Church, the new skyscraper had to be built on columns supporting it, like stilts. Using stilts on a building’s corners wasn’t unheard of, but because the church stood at the corner of the block, these stilts had to be placed at the center of each side.

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