11 JUN 2012 by ideonexus

 What Happened to the Roman Apartment Buildings?

It is both a sad and a happy fact of engineering history that disasters have been powerful instruments of change. Designers learn from failure. Industrial society did not invent grand works of engineering, and it was not the first to know design failure. What it did do was develop powerful techniques for learning from the experience of past disasters. It is extremely rare today for an apartment house in North America, Europe, or Japan to fall down. Ancient Rome had large apartment buildings t...
Folksonomies: engineering
Folksonomies: engineering
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Unlike the structures that survived to today, they must have all collapsed under poor engineering.