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Microsoft Photography Competition at the Department of Engineering 2008 entries

Brendan Baker: 'Segrada Familia'
Brendan Baker: 'Segrada Familia'

Brendan Baker
'Segrada Familia'

A stairwell at Gaudiís Segrada Familia doubles as a sea shell. The building provides a riveting example of engineering ingenuity (for example, Gaudi observed hanging string arches in a mirror to design arch structures with only compressive loading). The stairs are a glimpse at how natural forms can be used as design inspiration, a strong underlying theme of recent biomimetic approaches to materials and product design. Beauty in elegance, whether a building or engineering solution.
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