Carl Malamud’s 5 minute Ignite! presentation on making building codes available for free to the public once they’ve been adopted as law. I’ve been arguing for this ever since I was in college.
UVA Stadium Pergola 1 by Jason Coleman — I was at the University of Virginia yesterday for a work meeting, and thought I’d walk around for a few minutes afterwards to take a few photos. I’ve had far worse days at work than spending the last day of summer walking around a college campus on… Continue reading UVA Stadium Pergola
Sci-Fi author and blogger Cory Doctorow has written an excellent article at BoingBoing on why Google Book Search is one of the greatest things to ever happen to the internet. Typical of his writing, it’s well worth the read and he demonstrates, at least in this case, how Google’s building of the new Library of… Continue reading Google Library
Wired has an article on designing storm resistant housing that is becoming a popular option for rebuilding in the Gulf Coast. Ideas including low cost housing (like I wrote about last week), steel homes designed in PA, floating homes from Amsterdam, and reinforced concrete domes.
Katrina Cottage by Shawn Lea of Everything and Nothing (szlea at Flickr). Image CC2.0 Shawn Lea, January 2006 Flipping through this week’s ENR, I saw a blurb about the “Katrina Cottage.” This 300ft² structure, designed by architect Marianne Cusato (article at Dexigner) has one bedroom, living area, kitchen and bathroom. The design is such that the… Continue reading Design With Social Purpose
The worst part about being an engineer, is that a lot of your calls are because something has gone wrong. People are already upset due to the fact they are having to hire you and the very best outcome if that you can make everything as good as it was before. This was especially true… Continue reading Reassurance
The Native American tribes of the Hualapai Nation are building a giant horshoe-shaped glass walkway on part of the reservation in order to attract tourism. What makes this even more amazing is the fact that this part of their land is 4,000 feet above the base of the Grand Canyon. The bridge is a structural… Continue reading Grand Canyon Skywalk
Over two years ago, I began working on part of the design team for the IH-10 and Beltway 8 interchange West of Houston, Texas.
I found out today that I passed my Professional Engineer exam, which is great news! Oddly, I don’t feel any different…
I can hardly believe that five whole days have gone by since I started my new job. I have to say that I’m feeling a great deal more optimistic since my last post, too.