Buildings by superstar engineer Ove Arup in a new exhibition

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The exhibition is called Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design.

Ove Arup, (1895-1988), was born in England and raised in Denmark. He moved back to England in 1923. He had a background in philosophy and the arts, along with engineering and thought like an architect. Before Arup there was little co-operation amongst architects, engineers and contractors in Britain. It was a hierarchical system and architects instructed engineers.

His philosophy of Total Design was an interdisciplinary approach that ignored the professional distinctions. In his view, design should go hand in hand with a knowledge of construction methods. This was the basis of his firm, Arup and Arup, founded in 1938. And his lasting legacy to the engineering profession.

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