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Old 08-19-2022, 05:40 PM
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T Walgamuth, what are some of the architectural structures that impress you?

Recently read about the construction of the Morman Tabernacle. It's hard to believe they were able to accomplish what they did.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salt_Lake_Tabernacle

What are some of the projects that have impressed you?

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Old 08-19-2022, 11:01 PM
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Guggenheim in New York city....the tower in Dubai...The Brooklyn bridge...The east west railroad...the panama canal...Falling water in PA...The Tom Walgamuth home...(couldn't resist)...the Huber front porch (my last project possibly forever).

For myself I designed about 300 projects big and small in 40+ years of practice. Nothing ever fell down or burnt. My projects all are original designs with nothing copied from anybody else. It is a big field and hard to come up with anything new. I did come up with some details that nobody else ever did... an asymmetrical dormer.

My stuff is pretty ageless. Most of my work looks modern even though most of the projects have some age on them. I have some rather clever small projects that I take pride in....and pride in inexpensive projects too.

I did win some awards. One big one and a few smaller awards.
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Old 08-21-2022, 12:02 PM
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PBS had a piece about the building of the Brooklyn Bridge once. Oh my God, the human cost. I gather they developed new means of diving to get the job done.
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Old 08-21-2022, 01:00 PM
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They built a huge wooden raft the right size to support the masonry tower, The raft was like a large upside down bath tub. They floated it with the flat side up and added air pumps and started digging down sucking the spoils up a big tube and carried it away.
Then when it was deep enough they started pouring concrete then as they brought it up the raft floated higher. Then at some point they started laying large stones. I am certain I got some of this wrong but it is generally correct.

That they did it is still astonishing. Of course they didn't know about the bends and a lot of men died or were damaged grievously including Engineer Roebling. After he was damaged he worked from his bed with a view of the bridge and his wife interacted with the construction guys.

It is a great readable book The Great Bridge IISRC by the recently deceased John McCullough. Amazing and astonishing.
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Old 08-22-2022, 11:38 PM
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Building Construction Before Mechanization by John Fitchen, MIT Press, is a fascinating read.
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Old 08-23-2022, 02:30 PM
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Thank you for your comment.
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Old 08-25-2022, 03:27 PM
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For the value contributed, Engineering and architecture doesn't get proper recognition for the tremendous effort and knowledge required to do a big project properly.

I found this site yesterday while searching for info for a friend that has two sons in high school. He's searching for ways to help influence at least one to take over his civil engineering company someday.

https://www.ice.org.uk/careers-learning/develop-your-career/international-recognition/

One site that talks about engineers and architects working together:

https://architizer.com/blog/inspiration/stories/amazing-engineering/

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Old 08-25-2022, 09:53 PM
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Thanks very much for the fantastic pictures of fantastic designs!
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Old 08-26-2022, 12:20 PM
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I'm the most stunned by the Canton Tower.
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Old 08-26-2022, 07:23 PM
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Is that the twisted one?
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Old 08-26-2022, 09:58 PM
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I do appreciate Wright’s work. I’ve been to the Guggenheim a few times, and would very much like to see the Robie House and Fallingwater one day.
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Old 08-27-2022, 01:46 AM
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Last I was in Chicago, Unity Temple was undergoing restoration, wrapped in scaffolding.

The firm I work for in NYC specializes in facade repair and restoration, so I get to see all kinds of fun stuff, riding scaffolds doing condition assesments.
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Old 08-27-2022, 01:43 PM
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Canton Tower is the twisty one. I know it's not better than other fantastic constructions, I just like the unique appearance.

Additional descriptors:

https://en.wikiarquitectura.com/building/canton-tower/

https://www.arup.com/projects/guangzhou-tv-tower
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The lovely Ms engatwork and I rode around California a couple of years ago and stumbled accross this one a few years ago. Absolutely beautiful view. I wonder if the ppl I saw sitting on the deck watching the sunset ever get tired of ppl taking pics.

FLW house
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Old 08-27-2022, 02:38 PM
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I do appreciate Wright’s work. I’ve been to the Guggenheim a few times, and would very much like to see the Robie House and Fallingwater one day.
They are worth a visit.

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