Calatrava's Turning Torso

Santiago Calatrava
Turning Torso 2005
Malmö, Sweden
Image © ART on FILE
Source: ARTstor

Santiago Calatrava's "Turning Torso" is a residential tower that twists 5 times over the rise of 45 floors, to ultimately be at 90° to the ground floor orientation. It is also the tallest skyscraper in Scandinavia. The building is clearly a feat of engineering, but the story of its construction as part of a revitalization of Malmö's harbor district is just as fascinating. Imageworks has two dvds about the tower: The Turning Torso, Sweden offers an at times dizzying tour of the structure, inside and out. The socialist, the architect and the Twisted Tower delves more into the social and political context of its planning and construction.

For more images of "Turning Torso" check out ARTstor.

Posted by sgarrett at March 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

Science of the Olympic Winter Games

Another Olympics games means a new installment of the National Science Foundation's "Science of Sports" series: Science and Engineering of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games! Each of the ten episodes presents Olympic athletes and the science and engineering concepts that underlie their performance. It's a great way to learn more about top NSF-supported research and the real-life applications.

Check out the quadrocopter robotic flyer (describing how control systems engineering is laying the groundwork for the design of more "athletic" robots) in this first video of the series. (Plus see U of M's own Meryl Davis and Charlie White!)

Posted by sgarrett at February 07, 2014 | Comments (0)