Design at Scale

Oroville Dam Spillway in All of its Glory

Last week, The California Department of Water Resources opened the gates of the Oroville Reservoir. Water flowed dramatically down the chute (the width of a twelve-lane highway with a center divider) for the first time since the spillway failed a couple of years and forced the evacuation of over 100,000 residents down stream. This has been an amazing feat of engineering and a project of inspirational scale that the bivouac has kept a constant interest in. It is nice to see we are capable of completing projects like this in a timely and safe fashion. Great to see the spillway working as designed as well. A thing of beauty. Thanks to all who worked so hard on the project to help ensure California’s crucial life-giving water supply. And thanks to DWR for doing such an amazing job of capturing the progress on the project which can be viewed here.

Erosion of Luxury

The skyscraper "Erosion" designed by Herzog & de Meuron would certainly make a striking addition to the New York skyline. The Swiss architects have designed a building that supports individualized floor layouts for occupants, offering more external space for some depending upon tastes and desires. As is pointed out in a recent post on Eikongraphia, one of the more notable features is a floor-to-ceiling height of four meters. The modernist aesthetic, panoramic cityscapes and open plans would be welcome by many urban dwellers. But in these tough economic times, could such a design really see the light of day or will this vision be worn away by the force of current economic winds?

For more discussion of this proposed design, head over to Eikongraphia.