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The World’s Deepest Structures

June 5, 2016

In keeping with tradition, this week I’ll be taking a look at the deepest structures in the world. Having celebrated the most visible of our achievements, it seems only fitting that I turn my figurative…Read More

The Tallest Buildings In The World

May 29, 2016 1

I seem to have accidentally fallen into the pattern of having “the most something in the world!” articles on Sundays. So in an attempt not to disappoint, this…Read More

The Longest Tunnels In The World

May 22, 2016 3

Tunnels; the less appreciated but just as impressive sibling of our famous bridges. Following last week’s attempt at discovering the world’s longest bridges, this week I’ll be giving the longest tunnels…Read More

The Longest Bridges In The UK

May 15, 2016 4

I’ll be honest, I was going to do an article about the longest bridges in the world, but it all got very confusing very quickly. So I set my sights lower; the longest bridges in the UK. Some detailed…Read More

Why Do We Hate The Garden Bridge?

January 13, 2015 9

For those of you who don’t live London adjacent; the capital is remarkably close to getting its very own Garden Bridge- which is exactly what is sounds like: A tiny garden on a strip of artificial land straddling…Read More

Engineering The Tallest Snowman

December 24, 2014

It’s that most magical time of the year (again), and what better way to celebrate, than a bit of seasonal engineering? Over the last few years I’ve already discussed the miraculous building loading that is Santa Claus and…Read More

The Future of Design 2014: Part 2

November 11, 2014 1

I’m sure you’ve all been at the edge of your seats waiting for the second part from the highlights of the IABSE 2014 Future of Design conference; and for that I can only apologise- some times life gets in the way. I expect it’s a good sign…Read More

The Future of Design 2014: Part 1

October 7, 2014 6

Every year I go to the IABSE Future of Design conference (sample size: 2 years). It has a good selection of speakers, but more than that- it has a good selection of attendees. It’s nice to meet people the same level as…Read More

IABSE Future of Design 2014

August 15, 2014 2

It’s that time of year again; the annual IABSE Future of Design event is looming. I’ll be going, and you should be coming too. Whilst a lot of industry conferences and events are aimed at the engineers…Read More

Adaptive Structures

August 7, 2014

One of the core motifs of Transistor is the notion of self adapting structures: Buildings and infrastructure that alter their states, with apparent sentience, to cope, survive and provide for scenarios beyond…Read More