Built: The Hidden stories Behind our structures
Author: Roma Agrawal
Price: £20 / $28
Release date: 8 February 2018 (UK) / 13 February 2018 (US)
The impact that architectural engineers have on our lives is both obvious and understated in equal measure. Sure, the results of their handiwork are clear to see in the towering examples that represent some of the world’s most renowned buildings, but at the same time it doesn’t tell the story of the level of work that goes into them. Luckily, we have Built: The Hidden Stories Behind our Structures to do that job.
Penned by Roma Agrawal, most noted for designing the foundations and spire of The Shard, we’re presented with a tale as old as time; how have buildings have evolved from humble mud huts to some of the goliaths we see today and some of the feats that
have been achieved to make this possible. Agrawal draws on her own experiences to great effect, with some of her own illustrations forming a backdrop to the points she makes.
At one point she describes an engineer’s job as “plate-spinning”, which proves to be a massive understatement when you consider the level of responsibility and accountability involved, especially in light of certain disasters she brings up.
By framing this almost as a story, Agrawal ensures that the narrative is engaging and easy to follow and thus brings a high level of clarity to a potentially dense subject matter.
“Agrawal is noted for designing the spire of the shard”