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Roma Agrawal

The marvels of contemporary architecture represent the pinnacle of millennia-long building expertise. By delving into this extensive history, one can develop a deeper appreciation for the structures in existence. The work of an engineer involves a variety of tasks, from assessing the forces of nature on a building to analyzing the foundation on which it stands. Far from mundane, an engineer's role is complex and multifaceted. Looking forward, the prospect of unforeseen technologies suggests that the field will continue to evolve and become even more exhilarating for future engineers.

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In Built (2018), Agrawal sheds light on the often-overlooked heroes of construction: structural engineers. Regrettably, structural engineering typically grabs headlines only in the aftermath of disasters, like a bridge collapse or building failure. Agrawal's narrative in Built provides a more comprehensive understanding of the engineer's role, presenting various stories and intriguing details about the structures shaping our world and the individuals behind their creation.

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The marvels of contemporary architecture represent the pinnacle of millennia-long building expertise. By delving into this extensive history, one can develop a deeper appreciation for the structures in existence. The work of an engineer involves a variety of tasks, from assessing the forces of nature on a building to analyzing the foundation on which it stands. Far from mundane, an engineer's role is complex and multifaceted. Looking forward, the prospect of unforeseen technologies suggests that the field will continue to evolve and become even more exhilarating for future engineers.

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An engineer's primary responsibility is to construct structures that can withstand the impact of natural disasters.

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The components utilized in contemporary construction closely resemble those employed in ancient times.

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Natural disasters provide valuable lessons for enhancing building practices.

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Concrete turns out to be more intriguing than it seems.

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Modern buildings reach unprecedented heights.

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