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100 engineering projects that transformed our world in the 20th Century
The 20th century was a great century in the history of engineering. We have so much to learn from this recent history. Can we identify the 100 engineering projects that transformed our world (developed as well as developing countries) in the 20th Century ? It would be interesting to discuss the structural design of these projects and their contribution in shaping the modern society and culture. This may unable us to understand the rich heritage of 20th century engineering with a greater insight.

Perhaps, we can also go backwards in time and do a study of 19th Century engineering, and then move forward and take up the 21st Century! Let us begin with the 20th Century first!

with best wishes,
Akhtar Chauhan
100 engineering projects that transformed our world in the 20th Century
One resource that may help stimulate some discussions here is
Great Projects prodcued by (PBS)-Public Broadcasting Station. There are three projects:

- A Tale of Two Rivers (how Mississippi and Colorado Rivers were controlled)
- George Washington Bridge
- Boston Tunnel Highways

The resource is a video and an associated book. However, visitors can tour the three projects and read the stories online.

Can we make it open and include some projects from the second half of the 19th. century. In Some cases, the true impact of a project is not seen until after several decades!

My best,
Ashraf Salama
100 engineering projects that transformed our world in the 20th Century
Dear Ashraf,

Thanks for pointing out a very good reference. I am sure it will stimulate our discussion further.

There is only one problem with including the 19th Century projects, that some one may argue the same should be done for the other discussion in architecture as well!

Let us have a separate discussion under 19th Century engineering projects. It would be interesting to compare the 19th and 20th century creativity and contribution in bringing about
'Technical transformations' as Kenneth Frampton has outlined in his book 'A critical history of modern architecture'.

Warm regards,
Akhtar Chauhan


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