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How Was That Built?

Written by Roma Agrawal

Illustrated by Katie Hickey

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How Was That Built? Review

Featured Books for 11+ readers History People / Places Science Transport / Construction

A book to explore again and again this is also a celebration of great engineers and especially great women engineers

A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2021

Scientifically detailed and packed full of information, this is a high-level introduction to the exceptionally complex demands of the building of bridges, tunnels and high rise city sky scrapers and how they have been solved. Structural engineer Roma Agrawal has chosen some iconic structures as case studies ranging historically from the Pantheon in Rome and the Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico which was built on a sucken Aztec pyramid to the great engineering feats of the nineteenth century including the Brooklyn Bridge and the London sewers. Bringing the story of development up to date she has a detailed account of the building of the Shard in London which she worked on! In addition the case studies, there is a mass of technical detail about how to make buildings watertight, stable and strong. From the humble brick to the latest methods of computer modelling everything that has helped man make buildings is included. A book to explore again and again this is also a celebration of great engineers and especially great women engineers!

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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Julia Eccleshare's Picks for October 2021

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe and Robert Ingpen

Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift and Robert Ingpen

The Gloriumptious Worlds of Roald Dahl by Stella Caldwell and Quentin Blake

Wishyouwas by Alexandra Page and Penny Neville-Lee

Count by Melvin Burgess and Chris Mould

How Was that Built by Roma Agrawal

How Was That Built? Synopsis

Join Roma Agrawal, the award-winning structural engineer who worked on The Shard, for an exciting behind-the-scenes look at some of the world's most amazing landmarks. Meet the extraordinary people who challenged our beliefs about what's possible, pioneering remarkable inventions that helped build the Brooklyn Bridge in the US, the Pantheon in Italy, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the Shard in England and the Sapporo Dome in Japan.

Discover the ingenious methods engineers have come up with to enable us to build underground, underwater, on ice and even in space. And learn about the impact different forces and materials can have on a structure by carrying out your own engineering experiments from the 'Try it at Home' sections.

Beautiful and detailed illustrations by Katie Hickey, including cross-sections, skylines and close-ups of engineering techniques in action, provide unique and illuminating perspectives of our most awe-inspiring constructions. Get ready to see the built world around you like never before!

How Was That Built? Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading4Kids expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

Full of fascinating facts, interesting illustations, amazing architecture and brilliant buildings. This was absolutely awesome and amazing! Full review

Ellen (Age 12)

How Was That Built? Press Reviews

Praise for Roma's adult title Built:

A fascinating celebration of the impact that structural engineering has on all our lives ... [an] eye- opening book - The Sunday Times

Agrawal has a gift for rendering complex phenomena in simple terms...a real treat   Financial Times

In Built... [Agrawal] delves into the history of her discipline through Brunel's tunnels and Bazalgette's sewers and lingers tactfully over the hidden flaws and engineering disasters of the past from which so much has been learned   Times Literary Supplement


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ISBN: 9781526603654
Publication date: 16/09/2021
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781526603654
Publication date: 16th September 2021
Author: Roma Agrawal
Illustrator: Katie Hickey
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 80 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers
Genres: History, People / Places, Science, Transport / Construction
Recommendations: Julia Eccleshare's Picks
Collections: Our Top Children's Christmas Book Recommendations for 2021, Celebrate British Science Week!, 40 fantastic new STEM books that celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths.,

About Roma Agrawal

Roma Agrawal, MBE is an award-winning engineer, author and broadcaster. From footbridges to skyscrapers - including The Shard - she has left an indelible mark on London's landscape. Roma is an inspiring promoter of engineering and technical careers to young people, particularly in under-represented groups and given talks around the world, including two for TEDx. She was awarded the prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering's Rooke Award in 2018.  Photo credit Jonny Ring

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