My father would have been pleased as well. He devoted much of his time to sharing the knowledge he had acquired. He traveled widely and, through his presentations and writings, sought to provide designers around the world access to the latest developments in structural engineering. Today the structural systems that he conceived and initiated in his own building projects are accepted standards in the profession. Systems such as the framed tube, the tube-in-tube, and the bundled tube are learned by students and employed by practicing engineers and architects.

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By Yasmin Sabina Khan. New York: W. Norton, Yasmin Sabina Khan has written an engaging intellectual biography of her father, the acclaimed civil engineer Fazlur Rahman Khan — As a structural engineer herself, she is well able to discuss F. This lengthy book is rich with ideas relevant to historians of technology. The author provides some context for most of these skyscraper projects, although the technical fine points often obscure the broader perspective of urban and technological [End Page ] histories.

The author amply demonstrates, for example, the risk-taking of client Gerald D. Hines in underwriting testing, construction, and evaluation of the novel methods used for his real estate investments. In , Khan recommended to Hines a tube-in-tube structural design in reinforced lightweight concrete for One Shell Plaza in Houston SOM, , even though the guidelines for this type of concrete were not available until the following year.

Soil and structure interactions in foundation design were also not well-understood, and Khan and his colleagues persuaded Hines to fund "a research-oriented endeavor that would be useful to future. By teaching at the Illinois Institute of Technology IIT , Fazlur Khan was able to "examin[e] concepts in detail, removed from the pressure of a design practice," with his students p.

In devising the solution that became the braced tubular cantilever, Khan imagined the entire structure, saying: "I put myself in the place of a whole building, feeling every part" p. Khan began work on this book in She chose an excellent variety of illustrations and drew extensively on interviews, archival material, and published works.

Oddly, though, she only mentions in her preface the other monograph on Khan, Mir M. Irish is an architectural historian at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and an advisory editor for Technology and Culture.



Naga Pradeep marked it as to-read Feb 08, Physical Description p. Skip to content Skip to search. Khan review Book titles OR Journal titles. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Mdazadkhan marked it as to-read Feb 13, Sameem rated it it was amazing Oct 25, To include a comma in your tag, surround the tag with double quotes. Khan shaped the skyline of cities around the world with his pioneering structural systems for high-rise design. Stephan Hollinger rated it liked it Mar 09, Public Private login e. Want to Read saving….

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1971: Bangladesh Liberation War

Khan was born in in the region of British India known as East Bengal. Twenty-four years later, in , the people of East Pakistan separated from West Pakistan and gained their independence, founding a new nation, Bangladesh. The struggle for independence in began as a movement for autonomy. When the two regions of British India with a Muslim majority had joined to form one country as East and West Pakistan in , the central government was based in West Pakistan. A thousand miles across India separated the two regions, however; they had very different cultural heritages and no common local language. Economic issues became even more divisive. Notwithstanding the larger number of people residing in East Pakistan, West Pakistan consumed the majority of foreign exchange earnings, foreign aid, and federal spending.

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