Anatomy of a Skyscraper

Educational engineering books that are fun to read and informative are sadly few and far between. A new release from Kate Ascher, the author of The Works: Anatomy of a City, called The Heights – Anatomy of a Skyscraper provides a detailed insight into the planning, construction, operation and maintenance of these most urban of structures. …

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Be, Know and Do

There is a military leadership saying, “Be, Know and Do” that embodies the journey from ethics and values, to knowledge through to action. There are plenty of people who meet two of the three – all talk and no action, or all action but no knowledge. In typical military brevity, this axiom sums up some …

Simple Water

This weekend, I had a discussion with a colleague in the water and wastewater industry about technologies and ideas for upgrades to an existing treatment plant. “I told them that they were nuts to be considering slow-sand filtration when the technologies are out there such as membrane filtration”, he said. I held my tongue. While …

Craftsmanship and Simple Materials

I have a deep respect for traditional building techniques, and the offshoots of these that can be loosely termed “natural building techniques”. Building dry rock walls is one of the techniques that takes patience and a lot of skill, I’ve seen people who’ve “got it” and those who simply don’t. Assuming that something is easy …

Fakery on the Subways

A pair of raids at MTA locker rooms in the past week have turned up evidence that subway workers are continuing the widespread practice of faking signal inspections. So begins a piece over at Transportation Nation… …authorities opened a locker in a crew room at the Times Square subway station and found hundreds of photo-copied …