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  1. Intoduction
  2. PART I: The Kyoto Protocol
    1. Global warming
    2. The vertices of the earth
    3. The contents of the Protocol
  3. PART II: American diplomacy around the Kyoto Protocol
    1. General Remarks
    2. The positions of the presidents of the United States before the Kyoto Protocol
    3. The presidencies of Bill Clinton (1993-2001)
    4. The term of George W. Bush (2001-2009)
  4. Conclusion

Etymologically, the word skyscraper comes from the direct translation of English "skyscraper." It is a "building whose height was well above average" or a "very tall building" (Hachette dictionary).

The first skyscraper was the Home Insurance Building. It was built by Baron Jenney in Chicago between 1884 and 1885. This structure consists mainly of steel and brick, was ten storeys high or 42 meters in height. The building was the architectural precursor of what was later called the Chicago School.

Subsequently, the city of New York set in motion the pace with the construction in 1908 of the "Singer Building" which measured 187 meters and consisted of 47 floors.

But in 1909, the frenzy did not end because the "Metropolitan Life Insurance Building," was erected and has remained the tallest building in the world until 1913 with a height of 241 meters.

How was the skyscraper a symbol of American modernism from the late nineteenth century?

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