Vertical Engineering: Lessons

Leslie E. Robertson
See Robertson Structural Engineers, LLC, New York City

Looking back through a career comprising some of the most innovative and formally daring buildings of the modern era, this presentation from Dr. Leslie E. Robertson provided practical insights for future and current practitioners alike.

Taken from his book, ”The Structure of Design,” attendees learned something of the critical thought processes, communications, and collaborative efforts transforming the architect’s vision of structures into built realities. Works discussed include the IBM Buildings in Pittsburgh and Seattle, The World Trade Center Towers in New York City, The US Steel Building in Pittsburgh, the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong, and the Shanghai World Financial Center.

Robertson’s first-hand accounts of the partnerships and problem-solving that have forged some of the world’s best-renowned tall buildings via intensive collaborations with international firms presented a privileged look at how the key discipline of structural engineering influences the design of the great skylines of the world.

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