The winners of an ‘engineering selfies’ competition, aimed at promoting the profession in London, have been announced.
The contest was organised by Structurally Found, an organisation set up to encourage appreciation of the engineering behind architecture, during last month’s Open House Weekend in London, the capital’s largest annual festival of architecture and design.
The organisation invited the public to search for “the structural engineering that keeps London standing up”.
Structurally Found’s co-founder, WSP structural engineer Niri Arambepola, said: “Open House weekend has traditionally focused predominantly on architecture, but Structurally Found aims to shine a light on the engineering aspects of the built environment.
“Structurally Found challenged the public to find examples of nine engineering elements – dome, arch, truss, diagrid, pin connection, tension structure, tunnel, cantilever, buttress – in structures around London.”
Participants took a photo of the element and sent it to Structurally Found via Twitter or Instagram. Every correct photo was entered into a prize draw. The competition attracting over 2,700 entries, from which the winning three were picked.
Arambepola added: “Structurally Found is also a giant conversation about engineering, encouraging participants to chat with Structurally Found engineering volunteers on Twitter. The weekend saw some great conversations emerge, with engineers suggesting interesting facts about the buildings in the photos sent in and discussing all things engineering-related with the participants.
“A survey of participants after the event showed that the majority felt they knew more about engineering as a result of Structurally Found, with many commenting how it had made them think differently about the buildings around them.”
Structurally Found was created by Arambepola and London Underground tunnelling engineer Luke Bramwell, with the aim of improving the general public’s knowledge and awareness of civil and structural engineering.
It is funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering, supported by the Institution of Structural Engineers and part of Open City.
The initiative was assisted by 50 volunteers, all engineers at various stages in their careers, from engineering students to the designer of the Millennium Dome. The volunteers provided descriptions of the various structural elements and engaged with the public on social media or on the streets during Open House Weekend.
The winners of the competition (see photos in gallery at top of story) are:
1st Prize: Tonya Gillis with #Arch (wins a Macbook Air + 4 tickets to the View from the Shard)
2nd Prize: Tomas Furness with #PinConnection (wins an iPad Mini + 4 tickets to the View from the Shard)
3rd Prize: Yehya Hawila with #Arch (wins 4 tickets to the View from the Shard)
A selection of other entries have also been included in the gallery.