Engineering

A Data Point In The Sociology Of Professions

Three related articles: “Open offices are as bad as they seem—they reduce face-to-face time by 70%” by Beth Mole, “Acoustic Furniture Won’t Save You from Open Offices” by Kate Wagner, and “The open-plan office is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea” by David Hansson. The shared theme can be teased out by careful …

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The Spectrum From Unpopular To Obsolete

The new West Thames Street Bridge is, in terms of design, something of an oddity. It’s a lenticular truss, and that’s a design that was never very common and hasn’t been used much in something over 100 years. I have no idea why the designers – WYX Architecture and Thornton-Tomasetti Engineers – choose this form, …

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Modeling and Understanding, Part 4

Part 1, part 2, and part 3 give the context. Also, it occurs to me that my illustrations in this series have gone from an entire structure to a piece of a structure, to a drawing of a structure, to an analysis diagram. I’m sure that progression means something, but I’m not sure what. If …

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Modeling and Understanding, Part 2

Part 1 is here and provides some context. There’s also a good Twitter thread starting here. There is, for me, no such thing as a blank slate when I investigate an existing structure. It’s not possible for me to start without some kind of assumption about how a building works because I have, over the …

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