Category: engineering

The perfect shape: Pedestrian tunnel under former railroad route,Bethesda

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A Magnificent Catholic Cathedral

DSC_0089 DSC_0074 DSC_0077 DSC_0081 DSC_0091Pietro Belluschi (1899-1994) was trained as an engineer, but rose to be chief designer and owner of a prominent architectural firm.  He was also Dean of the MIT School of Architecture and Planning and the recipient of the AIA Gold Medal.

His numerous religious buildings such as the Cathedral of St. Mary of Assumption, San Francisco, 1971 and his other  buildings from the East Coast to the West Coast not only reflect the modernist tastes of the 1960s and 1970s, but seamlessly integrate advanced engineering principles and a sophisticated architectural aesthetic.

Boston’s magnificent cable bridge

Charles River frozenSwiss engineer Christian Menn designed the dramatic and elegant Leonard  P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge, 2002,which is beautifully framed by Boston’s skyline to the right (south) and Cambridge’s skyline to the left.   At the extreme right edge of the photo, Charles Bulfinch’s late 18th century Massachusetts State House, with gold leaf dome can be seen.

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Parking Garage, Miami Beach Style

For developer Roger Wennett, the avant-garde Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron designed a mixed use parking garage, 1111 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach.  The first floor is high end stores, including Taschen (its first US store), and the upper floors are for cars, weddings, or other fancy social events.

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