Architectural Design Breakthroughs

skyscrapersThe most majestic cities in the world are home to modern marvels of architecture – skyscrapers that astound in height and size. Architects are still building these massive structures, with some exceeding 3000 feet tall, and in doing so are developing new engineering methods that ensure the safety and stability of the incredible buildings they produce. But architecture goes hand in hand with the practice of structural engineering services which includes several aspects and details but is especially concerned with making sure that a building is built properly and as efficiently as possible.

Structural engineering entails many different things and considers many different aspects of construction to ensure that a building is as safe and sturdy as possible from its inception to its opening. How a building withstands earthquakes and other disastrous conditions, how it stands against wind conditions at different altitudes and how it is ventilated and wired for electricity are all determined by structural engineering. Plans for these factors have to be put in place before during and after construction on the structure begins and engineers have to be aware of the changes and challenges that occur at each phase of the construction process. Without structural engineering building costs would skyrocket, construction workers would be in serious peril during the construction phase and the general public would be at risk before, during, and after the build was completed.

It’s imperative to any building that the engineering of the structure be well informed and completely sound. This means new ideas and solutions to all of the problems that must be resolved before construction can safely begin are necessary in order to move the architecture industry forward. Recently major breakthroughs have occurred in the realm of structural engineering and these developments are being implemented in the designs of skyscrapers and other marvelous structures that are currently being built. These breakthroughs include both new design ideas and the development of new materials that will make building to new heights and better sustainability a reality.

buildingFusing materials with components of materials that reinforce their strength is one of the breakthroughs propelling architecture towards new possibilities. An example of this is still being infused with copper. Steel is arguably the most important material in architecture and engineering, but it can be limited because of its tendency to weaken when exposed to high temperatures. When combined with copper steel is reinforced and able to withstand higher temperatures without losing its strength. Another example of engineering by fusing materials together is the development of concrete that’s mixed with steel fibers, making the solid substance flexible and less likely to crack and keeping any cracks that do occur from spreading.