Leaning Colosseums, “Wall-E” Builds, Shocking Gaming & WWF Cartoonage – WIRed #7

This week’s episode of The PractitioNERD (the 2nd version) discusses a leaning architectural work that NOT a tower in Pisa (the Roman Colosseum), robots printing 3D structures out of soil and sand (the Stone Spray project), electroshock “therapy” via a Sega Genesis/Mega Drive (Furrtek’s “Gene-Zap” project), and Hulk Hogan cartoon from the eighties (Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘N’ Wrestling). …also, THE QUESTION OF THE WEEK!! ARCHITECTURE … Continue reading Leaning Colosseums, “Wall-E” Builds, Shocking Gaming & WWF Cartoonage – WIRed #7

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It’s the Leaning…Roman Colosseum? WHAT?!?

So, that makes it TWO leaning buildings in Europe that The PractitioNERD has covered in two years. Hmm, makes you wonder…

Last time (if by “last time” was meant by “the last time I reported on a building in Europe that became/is becoming structurally unsound”), I discussed the structural issues in the foundation of Big Ben in London, causing it to lean. Recently, it has been discovered that the famous Colosseum in Rome is suffering a similar fate.   Continue reading “It’s the Leaning…Roman Colosseum? WHAT?!?”

London’s Big Ben is Leaning (But the Tower of Pisa DID IT FIRST!!)

Hmmm, something doesn’t quite look right……….

Okay boys and girls, I got a short little history lesson for you:

The Leaning Tower of Pisa tilts due to a fundamental error made by its builders.  During the construction process, the tower’s foundation that was created wasn’t that much wider than the diameter of the tower itself.  The 12th century local engineers focused an excessive amount of weight in a fairly small area of soft soil, and in the past 700 years, that same soil has since settled unevenly under the tower’s weight, resulting in its current leaning state. Continue reading “London’s Big Ben is Leaning (But the Tower of Pisa DID IT FIRST!!)”