ENR reporter Alex Padalka recently sat down with Michel Abboud, a principal at SOMA, to discuss the New York firm’s involvement in the controversial Park51 Islamic community center and prayer space proposed for Lower Manhattan. Renderings of the 15-story building—labeled the Ground Zero Mosque by its opponents—recently were released. Image: Courtesy Of Soma The Park51 Islamic center’s design was unveiled recently. Q: What can you tell me about your firm? A: We have offices in New York, Mexico and Beirut. With the economic crisis, we wanted to extend our projects in the Middle East, so the past couple of years
Arch dams, classically curved monoliths situated in narrow valleys, are not as common as other types of dams, such as embankment dams and gravity dams. ENR takes a look at some of the biggest arch dams in the world, both completed and under construction.