May 14, 2012

The McCormick Tribune Campus Center, Illinois Institute of Technology by Rem Koolhaas and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, built 2003. A 530-foot oval tube made of concrete and steel,...
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May 9, 2012

A few weekends ago I visited Meadow Brook mansion in Rochester, Michigan. The massive manor was built between 1926 and 1929 for Matilda Dodge Wilson and her family. Mrs. Wilson, heiress to the John...
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March 20, 2012

Over the past several weeks I have been putting in long days at the office, going in on weekends, and bringing home work in an effort to meet a permit submission deadline for a large adaptive reuse...
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February 16, 2012

Regional differences should be greater. This past weekend I traveled to Phoenix. In comparison to Chicago, the Southwest geography and climate could not be more different. Despite enjoying a mild...
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January 30, 2012

Historic landmarks and important engineers are frequent topics of this blog. I believe that modern engineers can learn a lot from our predecessors. Their historic accomplishments are all the more...
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January 3, 2012

As a structural engineer, my principal interest in reading about the cupola of Santa Maria del Fiore is how exactly does it stand up. The masonry dome is still the largest of its kind. With a span of...
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November 17, 2011

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a champion for civil rights, a great motivator, and an exceptional leader. My awareness of Dr. King’s contribution to the country had always been limited to a brief...
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November 5, 2011

One of the best reasons to attend a professional conference is to explore a new city. Over the past several years the ASCE Annual Conference has been held in Los Angeles, Chicago, Kansas City, Las...
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October 25, 2011

Far from the end of Lonely Street, it’s apparent from first impressions that Graceland was a beloved retreat for Elvis. Though modest in size and outward appearance, the colonial style home bears...
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October 20, 2011

I woke up at 5:34 and immediately texted “ctabus 929” to 41411. Response: “North Avenue & Larrabee 72 to Harlem due & 19 MIN.” Just enough time to brush my teeth and run over the bus...
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