Engineering

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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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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The Lightning

That bizarre steel umbrella is the Parachute Jump at Coney Island, a ride constructed for the 1939-1940 World’s Fair (where it was the second tallest structure, behind the Trylon) and moved from Flushing Meadows Park to Coney Island after the fair closed. The ride itself has been closed since 1968, but it is visually as …

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Recent Inaccuracy

I’ve written here about accuracy in engineering calculations three times – in 2016, in 2018, and last year – and it seems it’s time to do so again. As was true before, it’s encountering the accuracy-based limits on meaningful results that has triggered this train of thought, so you can expect me to keep returning …

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Review Of Movie Engineering: Godzilla (2014)

This is not a review of the movie for what it is: a high-budget, low-concept monster flick. I like it, but that apparently puts me in a small minority. This is review of how it presents issues of structural engineering concern, and the answer is “badly.” I’m going to focus on two aspects: buildings damaged …

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