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John Harrison’s marine clocks nominated by Jerome Flinders, Student

Connections, Machines and Instruments: The Essence of Engineering

Here we show some of the less obvious contenders put forward to represent the Essence of Engineering - smaller, perhaps, in scale but enormous in their contributions to human welfare

Conquering the Skies and Space Travel: The Essence of Engineering

Conquering the Skies and Space Travel: The Essence of Engineering

When you stop to think about the immensity of the challenge and just a handful of the problems that had to be overcome, it is hardly surprising that several contributors thought the lunar landing embodied the Essence of Engineering

Pont du Gard nominated by Hugh Petter of ADAM Architecture and Fiona Scott of Gort Scott Architects

Canals, Tunnels, Bridges and Aqueducts: The Essence of Engineering

Large-scale civils projects, vital to the development of the world’s trade and commerce, have called forth astonishing ingenuity and dogged determination from engineers, in times both ancient and modern

Brough Superior motorcycle nominated by Jonathan Wilson, Thinkarchitectureanddesign.com

Motorbikes, Bicycles and Buggies: The Essence of Engineering

The bicycle, the most efficient form of human propulsion and largely unchanged since it first appeared in the modern form around 1885, was one of the most common entries to our contest. The iconic Maclaren buggy wins a place in the listings for its great merits of simplicity and eminent fitness for purpose

The Lovell Telescope nominated by Eddy Rhead

Skeletal Structures: The Essence of Engineering

An ubiquitous tower, a man who made towers and a huge telescope: three important skeletal structures

Late French Gothic cathedrals nominated by Eric Parry, Eric Parry Architects

Historic: The Essence of Engineering

Paying tribute to herculean feats of engineering in the past - plus the humble rope bridge

UK pavilion, Shanghai Expo 2010 nominated by Albert Williamson-Taylor, AKT II

Blowing my own Trumpet: The Essence of Engineering

Albert Williamson-Taylor nominates a building his own practice worked on

Introduction: The Essence of Engineering

Introduction: The Essence of Engineering

For this publication we asked AJ readers to nominate what they deemed to be the ‘essence of engineering’

Add your own idea of what constitutes the 'Essence of Engineering'

Add your own idea of what constitutes the 'Essence of Engineering'

AJ readers are encouraged to continue the discussion and nominate what they deem to be the ‘essence of engineering’

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