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American Experience | Clip | The Design of the Twin Towers

The design and construction of the twin towers of the World Trade Center marked a dramatic break with nearly a century of skyscraper tradition. The unprecedented height and size of the towers posed a new kind of structural challenge. They needed not only to support the sheer weight of the 1,360-ft-tall buildings, but to overcome the even greater loads caused by the high winds of New York Harbor.

0:02:14 | AIRED: 9/9/2003 |
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