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Patterns 14

Patterns was an occasional, in-house technical journal published by Buro Happold between 1987 and 2011. There were 16 editions of Patterns and 2 special issues.

Considered seminal at the time, Patterns had a significant influence on engineering for several decades. Patterns is reproduced on Designing Buildings Wiki with the kind permission of Buro Happold because of its historical interest and the impact it has had on the development of engineering theory.

Patterns 14 was published in March 2005.

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The contents of Patterns 14 are:

Weak Materials

  • The strengths of weak materials. By Ian Liddell
  • Key lime. By Adrian Taylor.
  • Card business. By Florian Foerster.

Translucent Materials

  • Glazed over. By Peter Thompson.
  • Spanning the future. By Russell Winser.
  • Warm edges. By Russell Winser.

Lightweight and sheet materials

  • Beam me up. By Angus Palmer.
  • Shelter from the storm. By Rachel Battilana.
  • Bags of water. By Ian Liddell.


  • Wood he natural choice. By Richard Harris.
  • Engineered wood - bigger, better, stronger. By Richard Harris.


  • A case of the shakes. By Dr Sarah Prichard.
  • Fire strategies for steel. By Mick Green.
  • A cast iron solution. By Gavin Jack.

Future of materials

Patterns is reproduced with the kind permission of --Buro Happold.

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