Computers can do a lot of things, but they can’t replace imagination and intuition. For modernist framed buildings – with structural concepts derived from that of Le Corbusier’s Domino House – computers are essential to...
I was Arup's global leader of structural engineering, principally involved in the conceptual and scheme design of buildings, mainly in the transport sector. Perhaps my best solution was Beijing Airport, Terminal 3 which was the culmination of several large terminal projects – it is a refined engineering design and was done at great speed for the 2008 Olympics.
I am proud to be an Arup Fellow. For me, becoming a Fellow underlined the value that Arup places on those who want to deliver great projects and be professional, rather than just run the Firm – a great encouragement to our younger designers, engineers and consultants.
The primary theme that I see in structural engineering today is the minimisation of resource use. The big issue for now is getting back to designing while being aware of how it’s best built.
Watch: Martin Manning, Arup Fellow