“The City, the River, the Bridge” addresses the ramifications of the 35W Bridge disaster from the perspectives of history, engineering, architecture, water science, community-based journalism and geography.
U of M experts' new book explores lessons learned from I-35W Bridge collapse
February 8, 2011
Many Minnesotans still vividly recall the evening of Aug. 1, 2007, when the unimaginable happened: The 1,900-foot-long, eight-lane I-35W Bridge buckled and crashed into the Mississippi River. The catastrophe was felt strongly among those at the near-by University of Minnesota. What lessons did the university’s research and teaching community learn from the tragedy and how might these insights help future thinking and planning in fields ranging from engineering to water science? A University of Minnesota expert who can provide perspective is:
Patrick Nunnally, coordinator, Institute on the Environment River Life program
Nunnally is the editor of a new book, “The City, the River, the Bridge,” which addresses the ramifications of the disaster from the perspectives of history, engineering, architecture, water science, community-based journalism and geography.
Nunnally says the university’s job is to think beyond the headlines, to not only provide answers but also solutions to the state’s most pressing infrastructure challenges. “On one hand, the book is about making sense of one of the biggest catastrophes of our generation; on other hand, it’s about trying to understand the Mississippi River as one of the most important economic developments corridors for the Twin Cities and the state.”
As the coordinator for the Institute on the Environment’s River Life program, Nunnally works to establish lasting relationships between the University of Minnesota and groups working on river sustainability. He also teaches classes in landscape planning and urban studies for the university’s College of Design.
For more information about “The City, the River, the Bridge,” visit http://www.upress.umn.edu/Books/N/nunnally_city.html.
To interview Nunnally, contact Jeff Falk, University News Service, firstname.lastname@example.org or (612) 626-1720.
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