Steel in the French capital

Steel in the French capital

Innovative structural engineer Peter Terrell tells of the steel revolution in the French capital

Paris-based English engineer Peter Terrell visited Australia in October under the auspices of InfraBuild (formerly LIBERTY OneSteel) and BlueScope Steel and spoke of his influence in converting what was, until recently, a concrete building environment to steel.

Much of historic Paris is, relatively speaking, not so old. The city was rebuilt following the 1848 revolution by Napoleon III. In a process of 'constructive destruction' the city was rebuilt to replace the narrow rabbit warren of streets with ancient overhanging dwellings, dating back centuries. Baron Georges Eugene Haussman laid out the boulevards lined by elegant, uniform façades identified and loved today as Parisian.

Article published on Thursday, 01 January 2015

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