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Historic: The Essence of Engineering

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

Late French Gothic cathedrals

Walls of glass held miraculously in place by impossibly thin shafts of stone concluding in arborial stone vaults have, for me, endured above all other examples as the essence of engineering and iconography.

Eric Parry
Eric Parry Architects

The rope bridge

The simple rope bridge has been used for centuries and has enabled the movement of man and livestock across what were previously deemed to be impossible or impassable routes - opening up possibilities for future opportunities. A humble but important feat of engineering.

Craig Liddell
KLH UK

The Colosseum

The Colosseum in Rome represents an era of vision. It was not engineered using software to deal with formulas, rules and regulations. Use of modern composite iron or steel was also absent. It was made by skilled stonemasons, using natural resources, off-site construction processes and standardised parts. Such methodologies are yet to be fully exploited within industry today. The essence of engineering is to deliver the unimaginable through visionary understanding of the techniques and processes which can create efficiency.

Nahim Iqbal
Ryder Architecture