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Structurae Newsletter - 8/2014
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Dear <<First Name>> <<Last Name>>,

It's still summer, at least in the northern hemisphere, and many are probably enjoying their summer vacation. So it's time to make some travel recommendations either for those who aren't on vacation (yet) or those who are planning their next one. My suggestion for the traveling bridge or structural engineer this time is the north eastern United States. Should you still be on vacation, maybe this will inspire your next vacation? Wherever you may be now, enjoy the rest of the summer!

Best wishes from Berlin,
Nicolas Janberg
Chief Editor of Structurae

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Brooklyn Bridge in front of the Manhattan skyline

Bridges and Towers

and other structures in the north-eastern USA

As you will see below, a trip to the east coast of the United States is actually a must for every bridge and skyscraper fan. Maybe some of the selected structures will inspire you to take a trip to the United States in the near future?

Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge

First Stop:

Boston, Massachusetts

There are many historic sights in Boston, most of which you can cover by following the Freedom Trail that ends up at the USS Constitution. This trail or other paths will take you to the many impressive structures the city has to offer. None the least is the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge, one of only two bridges designed by Christian Menn in the USA, or the first subway tunnel in the country, or ... you get the picture.

Trinity Church
The Institute of Contemporary Art
One World Trade Center (Photo: Joe Mabel / Flickr CC-BY-SA)

Second Stop:

New York, New York

NYC isn't just the largest US city, it's also the one with the most number of skyscrapers. The reincarnation of One World Trade Center is scheduled to open by the end of the year. Over the last century and more the city's sky­scrapers like the Woolworth Building or the Empire State Building have been the tallest in the world while its bridges have been the longest. The last one was the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, before George Washington Bridge or even Brooklyn Bridge whose walkway allows one to truly experience engineering, as does the refurbished High Line.

High Line in New York
Hearst Magazine Tower

Recommended Reading

Design and Construction of the Second Avenue Subway

The Second Avenue Subway Project is a major capital expansion project of the New York City subway that will provide a dedicated line for the east side of Manhattan. At roughly 13.7 km in length with 16 stations the cost ist estimated at 17 billion USD.

The full article is available at Wiley Online Library...

Manhattan Bridge / Brooklyn Bridge in New York
Philadelphia City Hall (Photo: Beyond My Ken / Wikimedia Commons, CC-BY-SA)

Third Stop:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"Philly" is the true birthplace of the United States as the Declaration of Independence was signed here on July 4th, 1776. Even though it can't boast nearly as many skyscrapers as NYC, Philadelphia City Hall can boast to be the tallest load-bearing masonry building in the world. In a northwestern part of town stands North America's first prestressed concrete bridge but it certainly doesn't compare to the trusses and suspended spans of the Delaware river crossings leading travelers to New Jersey.

Walnut Lane Bridge (Photo: HAER)
Betsy Ross Bridge (Photo: Ottseetotsee, PD)
United States Capitol in Washington (Photo: Noclip, PD)
Washington Monument (Photo: David Iliff, CC-BY-SA http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/deed.de)

Fourth Stop:

Washington, D.C.

Built after Pierre Charles L'Enfant's master plan this planned city is actually worth a visit just for that. After ascending the Washington Monument one has a fantastic view of the monumental architecture used for various govern­ment buildings such as the Capitol or The White House. One of the largest buildings in the world, the Pentagon, though, technically isn't in Washington but just across the Potomac river in Arlington, Virginia. By the way, most of the museums on the Mall are free of charge and well worth the time.

The Pentagon (Photo: David B. Gleason)

Report of the Month

Quickly and safely to the top with optimally adapted climbing technology

The 220 m high, waist-shaped office tower complete with elliptical ground plan characterizes the appearance of the building ensemble; the tower is flanked by 55 m high buildings on either side.

Read the case study on Structurae...

Company of the Month

PERI GmbH

PERI is an internationally leading provider of formwork and scaffolding products and services for construction projects around the world. System and bespoke solutions can be provided for any type of project.

View the company profile on Structurae ...

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