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July 1-3, The 2019 Henderson Colloquium – “How can structural engineering be an unending stream of goodness?”: John Roberts & Nathalie Richards
From 1-3 July the British Group held this annual event at Christ’s College Cambridge, where twenty invited delegates – structural, system and mechanical engineers, architects and an artist – explored what characterises structural ‘goodness’ in the future, and how future changes in technology and society will help or hinder the profession’s ability to create it?
The event’s title came from a quote from President Herbert Hoover, who was originally an engineer. All delegates made short presentations to the group, and plenty of time was left for discussion, which extended into the formal and informal meals arranged.
Whilst the question was deliberately ‘open’ several distinct themes emerged. How should we respond to the climate emergency? How to balance the disruption and opportunity of digital design? How do we attract the future skills needed by the profession? How do we ‘tell our story’ - especially in the face of stakeholders who don’t want to hear? Some even explored the interface between structural engineering and philosophy!
After 20 excellent presentations, all delegates agreed that recommendations will be developed by a working group to be shared with IABSE and the industry, as action is vitally needed in several areas explored. A summary of proceedings is being published on the British Group’s website.
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May 23 - Annual Lecture and Thames Boat Trip– Guy Nordenson:
The British Group held its Annual Lecture at the Institution of Structural Engineers in London which was given this year by Guy Nordenson from New York. His talk, entitled simply "What we do", was an inspirational look at some of the extraordinary and creative structures his practice has produced over the years, with deep insights into the philosophical background to the design and construction thinking in each case.
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April 26 - Clifton Suspension Bridge Visit
A small party from British IABSE Group visited Clifton Suspension Bridge on 26th April. Guides were Trish Johnson, the Bridgemaster and John Rees from Cowi, the partner responsible for the engineering maintenance.
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April 12 - Future of Design Conference Birmingham
There’s just under three weeks left to enter the IABSE Future of Design Birmingham 2019 Young Designer's (<35) Paper Competition. Information is on the website for competition guidance and for more information about the upcoming Conference FoD Birmingham 2019. http://iabse.org.uk/uncategorized/future-of-design-birmingham-2019/