Engineering

Skyscraper Roundtable

This is my last reminder that next Tuesday will be the sixth and last session in the Work In Progress lecture series at the Skyscraper Museum. Like the other lectures in the series, it will be available live via Zoom and YouTube, and afterwards it will be available recorded on YouTube. Like the picture above …

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Professional Practice In The News

Most of the time, there are few topics more boring than professional practice. As long as a lawyer I’m talking to has passed the bar exam and is licensed, for example, I don’t care about the details of their continuing education. Every once in a while, a problem in this topic crops up in an …

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Anthropomorphism and a View

That’s the Kuskulana River Bridge near Chitina, Alaska, and that is some setting. The forest and mountains go on forever, but here are a few stats: there are three main spans, the longest of which is 230 feet and the bridge is “238 feet” above the gorge. (The quotes are because those heights are always …

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Plummeted Like A Stone

The vast majority of structures recorded by the Historic American Building Survey and the Historic American Engineering Record are distinguished by their design, by their history, or by both. Some are not, or rather by our standards today are not. I was mildly surprised to see the old West Side Highway had been photographed by …

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