How Was That Built?


In this super book by Roma Agrawal, we meet the extraordinary people who challenged our beliefs about what is possible. Here we are introduced to pioneering and remarkable inventions that helped build the Brooklyn Bridge in the US, the Pantheon in Italy, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the Shard in England and the Sapporo Dome in Japan.

The ingenious methods engineers have come up with to enable us to build underground, underwater, on ice and even in space are fully explored.  There is also an introduction to building materials and technology and the impact they can have on a structure.

Intriguingly, the book also includes a number of ‘Try it at Home’ engineering experiments that aid understanding and encourage further exploration.  Roma Agrawal is a great advocate of opening up the building and engineering industries to girls and women and this excellent book will enable this aim even further.

Beautiful and detailed illustrations by Katie Hickey, including cross-sections, skylines and close-ups of engineering techniques in action, provide unique and illuminating perspectives of our most awe-inspiring constructions.

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How Was That Built?

The Stories Behind Awesome Structures

Roma Agrawal, illustrated by Kate Hickey

(Bloomsbury) – hardback 

Structural engineer Roma Agrawal takes a unique look at how some of the world’s most remarkable structures in How Was That Built?  Along the way, she describes how buildings have evolved from mud huts to skyscrapers of steel and concrete that reach into the sky.
Further, she unearths how engineers have tunnelled through kilometres of solid mountains.  We also learn how builders and engineers bridged across the widest and deepest of rivers, while taming precious – and elusive – water resources.  Moreover, we discover the surprising and inventive ways huge building challenges have been tackled.  This is a journey that takes in traditional building techniques, but also the radical ideas that have propelled technology forward.
There are in-depth looks at iconic structures such as Burj-Al-Khalifa, The Shard and the Brooklyn Bridge.  She tells vivid tales of the visionaries who created the groundbreaking materials in the Pantheon’s record-holding concrete dome.  Roma’s text is perfectly accompanied by vivid illustrations by Kate Hickey.
Roma Agrawal’s web site contains excellent videos and further information on some of the buildings featured in the book.
Readers interested in finding out more about building and architecture should check out The Atlas of Amazing Architecture.  This is also available in the Bookwagon on-line store.


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