Category Archives: Engineering

Eiffelovercast #6 – Riding the Northern Line Ghost Train

  In this episode of the podcast I attempt a sonic recreation of a part of the London Underground that never got built, a stretch of the Northern Line that…

The connection between two TGVs coupled together, cropped to suggest that the two trains are doing a French kiss

Eiffelovercast #4 – Crossing France very very fast: a paean to TGVs

  Ever since I saw my first one zoom past as a boy I’ve loved TGVs. In January I travelled from one side of France to the other and back…

Metal panel with silhouette of bicycle frame cut into it mounted on a purple brick wall

Eiffelovercast #3 – Andrew Scoones – is there is such a thing as engineering culture?

  We are trying to define the heritage of the future – the creativity and ideas in engineering that people will look back on – Andrew Scoones Andrew Scoones is…

Pre-stressed concrete: lessons for swing dancers

Recently in beginner’s swing dancing classes I’ve described the connection between lead and follow when dancing side-by-side Charleston as being a bit like how pre-stressed concrete works. I promised a…

Sorting out your lego – the Eiffelover guide

If you own a big pile of Lego, then sorting it into separate boxes for different sorts of parts makes it much quicker for you to build anything you want…

HS2, Seneca and the art of persuasion

  Persuasion is an important skill for designers: to convince the audience of an idea is it to allow it take root and evolve. Unfortunately, I never have been convinced…

The view from More London

It’s a curious place, More London.    

St Paul's in the distance viewed via the long axis of the Millennium Bridge

Stressed by stressed ribbons – teaching notes from Southampton

One of the groups of students that Ben Godber and I teach at the University of Southampton is designing a stressed ribbon footbridge as their entry for a design competition…

Sepia image showing the streets around the Rond Point de L'Alma flooded.

Qui l’eût cru – when Paris flooded in 1910

Seven years ago I was rummaging in the loft of my great grandfather’s old house in the south of France when I discovered a box of postcards, ninety of them…

In the can: the Bare Essentials of Soil Mechanics

  Today at Think Up I posted the first five videos of a series we are creating called the Bare Essentials of Soil Mechanics. The idea of the Bare Essentials…