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From the Ted Talk by Denise Zmekhol: A story of Brazil through a single iconic building

Unscramble the Blue Letters

The construction of the “Skin of Glass” began in the early ’60s. Tinted glass was imtroepd from Belgium, marble from Greece, and it was the first curtain wall designed in Brazil. Much like a curtain, the glass was spateaerd from the structural fmrae of the building, filtering the light and the weather. People were talltoy fascinated by this modern building, and they would gehtar outside to watch automated doors open and close. My father wasn’t concerned only with the aesthetics, but also the cfroomt of workers, so he dsnegeid this open, light-filled environment that was kept cool by central air-conditioning, which was a novelty at the time. I didn’t know any of this until recently.

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The construction of the “Skin of Glass” began in the early ’60s. Tinted glass was ________ from Belgium, marble from Greece, and it was the first curtain wall designed in Brazil. Much like a curtain, the glass was _________ from the structural _____ of the building, filtering the light and the weather. People were _______ fascinated by this modern building, and they would ______ outside to watch automated doors open and close. My father wasn’t concerned only with the aesthetics, but also the _______ of workers, so he ________ this open, light-filled environment that was kept cool by central air-conditioning, which was a novelty at the time. I didn’t know any of this until recently.

Solution

  1. gather
  2. comfort
  3. designed
  4. imported
  5. frame
  6. separated
  7. totally

Original Text

The construction of the “Skin of Glass” began in the early ’60s. Tinted glass was imported from Belgium, marble from Greece, and it was the first curtain wall designed in Brazil. Much like a curtain, the glass was separated from the structural frame of the building, filtering the light and the weather. People were totally fascinated by this modern building, and they would gather outside to watch automated doors open and close. My father wasn’t concerned only with the aesthetics, but also the comfort of workers, so he designed this open, light-filled environment that was kept cool by central air-conditioning, which was a novelty at the time. I didn’t know any of this until recently.

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  33. structural
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