A lot of what we’re told about building buildings is based on a set of very basic, intuitive notions about the way we build them.
For example, we hear that a house needs to be built with a certain type of floor, and that it needs to have a certain kind of topography, and so on.
But these notions of building are wrong.
A building built with the wrong materials, or the wrong structural framing, or an incomplete design may be a disaster waiting to happen.
Building can be built in a wide range of ways.
But the fundamental building principles we rely on to make sense of our buildings are all wrong.
And this is what we need a new approach to building that puts a lot of the power in the hands of architects and engineers to really think about what we are trying to do with our buildings.
The Building of the Modern World has the latest and most rigorous scientific evidence to show us exactly how the buildings we’re building are built, and how they will hold up over time.
What we can’t do is just rely on a lot more of the same.
In this podcast, host Mike McElwain examines the new building theory that has emerged in the field of structural engineering and how it can help guide the construction of new buildings.
1:37:00 Mike McEllrath is an architect and professor at the University of Toronto and the author of many books.
He is the host of the podcast The Building That Changed the World, which airs on CBC Radio One at 5 p.m. and 2:30 p.ms.
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