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The Age of Concrete
Dubai's Burj Khalifa's structural frame is made of reinforced concrete
materials  concrete  design  architecture  construction  engineering  technology  dubai  buildings  housing  economics 
march 2010 by amaah
The Tower of Dubai
with the inflamatory subtitle: Peak of Megalomania.
dubai  architecture  construction  hubris 
december 2009 by amaah
A smooth idea for the 710 Freeway
on improvements to asphalt mixes in road construction. Interesting that California went primarily with concrete rather than asphalt
materials  science  construction  transportation  road  engineering  technology  maintenance 
september 2009 by amaah
Tunnel's cost may fool us all
a compelling series of studies trying to get at why big public-works projects such as bridges, tunnels and light-rail systems almost always turn out to be far more costly than estimated.

"It cannot be explained by error," sums up one of his papers, matter-of-factly. "It is best explained by strategic misrepresentation — that is, lying."
estimation  lying  infrastructure  engineering  construction  scheduling  economics  strategy  development  transportation  costs  deception  complexity 
april 2009 by amaah
Concrete Being Remixed With Environment in Mind
on incremental improvements in techniques for hydrating cement and forming concrete... almost seems too good to be true: improve strength, reduce permeability, lower carbon footprint.
materials  construction  science  environment  concrete  steel  engineering  technology  bridge  chemistry  design  architecture 
april 2009 by amaah
Arriving in London: Hotels Made in China
Containers! Verbus Systems, a London-based company that builds rooms in metal containers in factories near Shenzhen, China, and delivers them ready to be stacked into buildings up to 16 stories tall.
containers  architecture  design  construction  China  England  economics  housing 
may 2008 by amaah
Tunnel Milestone, and More to Come
On the tunnels connection New Jersey to New York and plans to build another couple... engineering titillation for someone who deals with software
engineering  NewYork  NewJersey  construction  technology  infrastructure  policy  transportation 
april 2008 by amaah
Shanghai's booming subway
the Shanghai subway system broke ground in 1990, it plans to become the biggest in the world. Shanghai has opened five subway lines and 95 stations serving 2 million people a day, and as many as six more lines are scheduled to open in the next couple of y
infrastructure  transportation  rail  subway  construction  China  development  networks  economics  growth  urban 
august 2007 by amaah
Urbanist explosion
"nouveau" buyers -- those roughly between the ages of 25 and 45 who want an urban environment but don't necessarily dig downtown. This shared desire to be urbanists while avoiding the urban hub.A neighborhood vibe condo conversions, lofts and apartments
housing  realestate  trends  urban  taste  construction  USA  modernity  social  design  architecture  city  neighbourhood 
july 2007 by amaah
They said it couldn't be done
Five years ago, the ever-inventive structural engineer Cecil Balmond worked with the Japanese architect Toyo Ito to shape one of the most exquisite and revolutionary buildings of recent times - a temporary summer pavilion for the Serpentine Gallery in Lon
Architecture  design  art  building  Housing  construction  innovation  engineering 
july 2007 by amaah
Dubai boasts world's tallest building
A new tower in the booming Gulf emirate of Dubai has become the tallest building in the world. Developers say Burj Dubai is 512.1 metres tall, surpassing Taiwan's Taipei 101, which is 508 metres tall. cost $1.14 billion
architecture  testosterone  assertiveness  opulence  display  design  competition  building  construction  GreatGame  Dubai  Samsung  money  power  finance  Oil  Energy  production  culture  politics  Korea 
july 2007 by amaah
Safety memo foretold tunnel tragedy
He showed the class some concrete ceiling panels, pointed to the bolts protruding from the ceiling, explaining that the panels would one day hang from those bolts. A third-grade girl raised her hand and asked him, ``Will those things hold up the concrete?
prescience  engineering  Boston  BigDig  accident  tradeoffs  Design  construction  ThingsFallApart 
july 2006 by amaah
Shacks in South Africa Can Garner Fancy Prices
After apartheid the main goal was to get out of the townships and the people who managed to do that found themselves in neighborhoods that functioned quite differently, and socially were difficult. So they moved back. That could be what's happening here
slums  urban  housing  socialliving  social  living  architecture  development  real-estate  SouthAfrica  Africa  city  life  communities  adoption  construction 
june 2006 by amaah
West Nile Blues
Then it clicks. You observe pools of stagnant water in the foundation hole... You welcome the US to the fun of the Third World. Like they say: Mosquitos don't discriminate.
USA  Cambridge  WestNile  virus  Africa  culture  ghana  development  health  malaria  poverty  toli  mosquitos  life  construction  pollution  air  noise  nuisance 
june 2005 by amaah

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