Over the summer, you may want to pay a visit to the V&A. They are marking the centenary of the founding of the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) with an exhibition to celebrate the importance of engineering in creating some of the most iconic buildings of the past 100 years. Unseen Hands: 100 years of Structural Engineering is on until 1 September 2008.
From the exhibition website:
Using three themes (towers, bridges and large enclosures) the exhibition brings to life the design and construction of structures including New York’s Empire State Building, Switzerland’s Salginatobel Bridge and Poland’s People’s Hall – as well as more modern projects including the Millau Viaduct, the Eden Project and the still-rising Burj Dubai.
Through a variety of media – models, drawings, CAD imagery, video and photographs sourced from all over the world – the ambition and ingenuity of these structures is revealed. Developments in material, form and technique are also explored