Wick Allison will never live that comment down, at least in their mirco-world. He is giving a "Cool Hand Luke" scenario there... Like when Luke had to get "his dirt" off the land of one boss, and keep it out of a ditch of another's. The engineer was asked to lay out a road in a designated area, then he does, he is reprimanded, asked to change it. How frustrating.
Playing the devil's advocate, sometimes design work can have a dividing effect. For example, move a road underneath another will often create a place for riff-raff to gather, vandalize, and in effect lower the quality of city. (Also, it always looks dingy, dank, and depressing.) Proper aesthetics need to be taken into consideration.
Engineers built everything in this world, directly or indirectly.
I agree that our cities are were not planned out well for curb appeal. I believe that more thought should be put into our cities so they look appealing to the eye and have the functionally that is required. However, it's not the engineers fault because of this. It is the government or whoever contracts the design team. It's all about the lowest bidder to get the job done. The money talks and the looks, well walk.
The 100% solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse 2 is prepping for its upcoming flight, becoming the first plane to fly around the world without using fuel. It's able to do so because of above-average performance by all of the technologies that go into it, especially materials.
With major product releases coming from big names like Sony, Microsoft, and Samsung, and big investments by companies like Facebook, 2015 could be the year that virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) finally pop. Here's take a look back at some of the technologies that got us here (for better and worse).
Good engineering designs are those that work in the real world; bad designs are those that don’t. If we agree to set our egos aside and let the real world be our guide, we can resolve nearly any disagreement.
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