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Why Humans Build Up: The Rise of Towers, Temples and Skyscrapers

Written by Gregor Craigie
Illustrated by Kathleen Fu
Published by Orca Book Publishers

ACTIVITIES

Discussion Questions — .pdf
Colouring Pages — .jpg | .pdf
Trivia — .doc | .pdf
Match up Game– .doc | .pdf
Word Search — .doc | .pdf

Renewable Energy Model — .pdf & Answers — .pdf

Additional Resources — .pdf

BOOK SYNOPSIS

People have been constructing tall buildings for thousands of years, for many different reasons. Castle walls kept people safe. Utility towers transmit TV and cell phone signals. Observatories give people a bird’s-eye view of the world. Beautiful buildings stand out in the crowd. Skyscrapers provide housing for a lot of people. There are some good reasons for building up, and a few bad ones as well.

With a growing global population, we will need more and more space to live, learn and work in. But what does that mean for the health of the planet? Can we do it sustainably? Tall buildings may be part of the answer. From the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Leaning Tower of Pisa to the Burj Khalifa and the Shanghai Tower, Why Humans Build Up asks why and how we build higher and higher, and what that means for the planet.

GREGOR CRAIGIE

Gregor Craigie is a writer and journalist. He wakes up at 3:45 every weekday morning to talk on CBC Radio in Victoria, British Columbia. Despite the early hours, Gregor loves his job because he gets to ask questions and write for a living. Before his current job at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, he worked for the BBC World Service in London and traveled to several different countries, telling stories for radio listeners. Why Humans Build Up is his first book for kids.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Why Humans Build Up – September 13, 2022
Radio Jet Lag – June 17, 2023
On Borrowed Time: North America’s Next Big Quake – September 28 2021

KATHLEEN FU

Kathleen Fu is a Canadian illustrator based in Toronto with a background in fine art, architecture and urban design. She is a graduate of the University of Waterloo School of Architecture and her current work is heavily inspired by her time studying architecture, city life and storytelling. She enjoys creating intricate illustrations with a Where’s Waldo-esque style, injecting each piece with as many unique characters and different shapes as possible. Her work has been published in the New York Times, Reader’s Digest, the Globe and Mail, The Walrus and many other publications.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Website: kathleenfu.com

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