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Structural Engineering

The original starchitect

American architect Louis Kahn is back in the spotlight with a new exhibition and the completion of a project he designed 40 years ago. Khuroum Bukhari looks back at the visionary’s life and legacy.

Thursday, 1 November, 2012, 11:22pm

Workers blamed for bridge collapse

Part of a nearly completed bridge collapsed in the northeast province of Liaoning late on Monday afternoon, and the local government said worker negligence was to blame, as construction procedures had not been properly followed.

21 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

A hundred amazing storeys

It seems tall buildings are springing up all over the world these days. The king would have to be the Dubai skyscraper, Burj Khalifa, which stands at 829.84 metres.

7 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Activist frets as traffic builds at Qing-era bridge

Heritage officials have failed to conserve a rare Qing dynasty granite bridge in Yuen Long, leaving it defaced and carrying an increasingly heavy load of traffic in a village being transformed by redevelopment.

13 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Bridging China's troubled waters

The work of the charity Wuzhiqiao is best known from images of children, often neck-deep in water, attempting to cross rivers on their lengthy walks to and from school. In the rainy season, when rivers swell and fragile bamboo bridges get washed away, their schooling is interrupted. Meanwhile, the dangers of flash floods can be deadly to young and old alike.

8 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

A tragedy that must not be repeated

The coroner's verdict that a fatal building collapse in To Kwa Wan was accidental will do little to bring comfort to the victims' families or to ease public concern about the safety of our city's old buildings. During the hearing it became clear this was an accident that should have been prevented.

17 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Repairman not to blame for collapse, experts say

Two expert witnesses have countered the government's argument over the cause of the fatal collapse of a 55-year-old tenement in To Kwa Wan, with one of them saying officials should have evacuated the building months before the tragedy.

13 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Repairs may have caused collapse

A government engineer said a repairman hired by the owner of a tenement building in To Kwa Wan may have triggered its collapse last year.

12 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Politicians with glass chins ...

I assumed it was common knowledge that the vast majority of village houses in the New Territories have an illegal structure - usually on the roof - and rarely does anyone get into trouble for possessing one.

22 May 2011 - 12:00am

'Gaps in pillar no risk for drivers'

The Highways Department yesterday dismissed concerns that gaps appearing in a pillar under a bridge on the Island Eastern Corridor expressway might cause safety concerns.

It said the bridge near Hing Fat Street, Tin Hau, was 'structurally safe' for the thousands of drivers using it every day.

20 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

More building cracks reported near URA project in Wan Chai

More people living near an Urban Renewal Authority construction site in Wan Chai have reported cracks in their buildings, with the authority still trying to determine whether its piling work caused one block to shake a day earlier.

2 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Probe inconclusive on fatal collapse

The fatal collapse of a tenement building in To Kwa Wan in January was likely to have been triggered by 'external forces' that caused the failure of three steel structural columns, the Buildings Department said.

27 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Work beside tilting building ends - for now

Piling work blamed by residents for the tilting of a building in Tai Kok Tsui was suspended yesterday. But they kept up their complaints and one moved out for fear it could collapse.

9 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Forensics experts scour rubble for clues

Police forensics experts have started sifting through chunks of cement and steel bars taken from the rubble of the building that collapsed in To Kwa Wan last week.

They will spend a week looking for clues to why the building collapsed in a matter of seconds, leaving four people dead.

3 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Kunming projects on hold after airport bridge collapse

Kunming is in the midst of an infrastructure boom that is frenzied even by mainland standards, but construction of a number of projects is on hold following the collapse of a bridge connecting the new airport.

Seven workers were killed and 34 were injured when the unfinished bridge on the expressway collapsed on Sunday afternoon in Yunnan's provincial capital.

6 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

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