The Hidden Stories Behind our Structures

Bloomsbury Publishing, 8 February 2018


Imagine you woke up one morning, and everything that engineers had created disappeared. What would you see?

No cars, no houses; no phones, bridges or roads. No tunnels under tidal rivers, no soaring skyscrapers. Engineering is an intrinsic and intimate part of our existence, shaping the spaces in which reside. We cannot live without it.

In BUILT, structural engineer Roma Agrawal explains how construction has evolved from the mud huts of our ancestors to skyscrapers of steel that reach hundreds of metres into the sky. She unearths how humans have tunnelled through solid mountains; how we’ve walked across the widest of rivers, and tamed Nature’s precious water resources. She tells vivid tales of the visionaries who created the groundbreaking materials used to build the Pantheon and the Eiffel Tower; and explains how careful engineering can minimise tragedies like the collapse of the Quebec Bridge.

With colourful stories of her life-long fascination with buildings – and her own illustrations – Roma reveals the extraordinary secret lives of structures.

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Thanks to my agent PEW Literary and publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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