By Brian Brenner

For those who ve ever been requested to calculate the dwell load for a herd of elephants... when you ve ever equipped a sand fort to review soil mechanics... in the event you ve ever needed to make a choice from your date and your favourite bridge... ...Brian Brenner has written the ebook for you. Bridginess: extra of the Civil Engineering lifestyles unearths Brenner turning his pen and his signature wit to the themes of city sprawl, airport infrastructure making plans, and, in fact, bridges. After examining this assortment, you are going to understand bridges from extra angles than a via truss. you are going to think carefully earlier than putting a salad at the roof of your vehicle. and you may recognize simply what makes a very nice collage reaction letter. those essays variety from funny to informative, autobiographical to ancient. They surround the complete diversity of Brenner's expertise as a author, in addition to an engineer. together with his captivating and fluid sort, Brenner makes civil engineering humorous, fascinating, and now and then, even glamorous.

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My Inspector donned white rubber gloves that snapped when he put them on. My Inspector wore a pleasant, mild smirk, which communicated a certain sense of enjoyment of the proceedings. His expression violated the no-irony rule. My Inspector zipped open the gym bag, exposing its guts to the harsh fluorescent glare of the terminal lights. Looking at those white rubber gloves, I had a flashback to being at the doctor’s office, with the gym bag at the receiving end of the prostate check. ” He proceeded to remove offending items.

This terrain was being transformed into suburbia. It struck me as a real life but bad episode of Star Trek, where the Borg had decided to subsume all landscapes. Resistance was futile. We would become one of them. We would exist in a homogenized, formless, hellish, ugly landscape of endless driving, isolated in car cocoons. Village streets? Promenades? Walking? Interaction? These were things of distant memory, plowed over en route to Walmart. Back at the Olive Garden, we consumed our fill of the endless buttered breadsticks.

This seemed to be true at all hours of the day, not just in the evening. In this area, one could drive for miles and not encounter a semblance of public space: no promenades, no urbane city streets, no river walks, nothing that resembled a downtown. Square miles of terrain had been transformed into a depressing, formless, placeless sprawl of arterial boulevards, football-field-sized intersections, parking lots, and glopscapes in between. Much of this infrastructure had been recently built, within the last decade or two.

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