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Review Of Movie Engineering: The Avengers (2012)

Again, the ground rules. I’m going to accept all of the basic premises of the movie as given, and not discuss things like inertia on fast turns turning Tony Strark to lumpy jelly inside his armor, or, a topic of many years of debate, why the Hulk’s pants don’t rip off entirely when he transforms. …

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A Personal Favorite – 30 Rock

Rockefeller Center in 1936, just after it was completed. The International Building (where my childhood dentist’s office was) is slightly right of center, facing Fifth Avenue, with the low-rise British Empire Building and La Maison Francaise to the south (in front). 30 Rockefeller Plaza – also known at various times as the GE and RCA Building …

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Structural Honesty Found In The Wild

I’ve attacked the concept of “structural honesty” in architecture here more than once, but every so often I hear someone use the phrase and feel like maybe I should give it another chance. I found an actual example – in a building that was unfortunately demolished in the 1950s, but was well-documented when it stood …

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