What did you think of the PBS Special "Why the Towers Fell"?
Just wondering what you all thought.
A lump is still in my throat, but I thought it was well done. Hindsight is 20/20. A lot of "woulda-coulda-shoulda", and I thought all sides were presented pretty well.
I still feel that under the technology and mathematical formulas available, WTC was architecture at its best. My heart goes out to the head of the project.
May we learn and grow from this, and hold no bitterness that perhaps they should have considered the unthinkable.
My thoughts only.
Overall it was good, but......
I think that overall the program was very informative and I got a real understanding of the events that led to the collapse of each tower.
But did anyone else take note of one of the engineer's comments made toward the brothers of FDNY??? I couldn't believe what I was hearing. He said something along the lines of "....the firefighters hindered the evacuation of people from the buildings because they were clogging the stairwells. They were going up while occupants were trying to come down." He actually had the nerve to say that the brothers "should have stayed in the lobby and assisted with the evacuation from there!!!"
I wish I could have reached through the TV screen. That pencil-pushing geek doesn't have a clue. There were only 1000+ total people trapped above the fires. Here's a thought.....what if the engineers of the building had designed the stairwells to be wider than those in my house!
Personally, I disagree with with this statement...
They go on to basically blame the fire retardent being knocked from the floor trusses.
An engineering report on the collapse of the World Trade Center in the Sept. 11 attacks has found no evidence that the twin towers fell because their design sacrificed safety for economy.
Regardless of whether the fire retardent was knocked from the trusses, I believe the buildings would have still collapsed. It was just that, a fire retardent. What was the hourly fire rating on that stuff anyway? It wouldn't have lasted that long. From what I saw on the program, the buildings were designed to maximize floor space ($$$) with relocated steel columns and lightweight floor trusses with weak points of attachment. Stairwells were protected with fire rated drywall instead of concrete. At the time, this was a major deviation from previous methods of high-rise construction. So how can anyone say they didn't sacrifice structural stability and safety for the almighty dollar? Sounds to me like they're trying to divert the blame when they need to accept at least partial responsibility.
I must say that the comment about the brothers of FDNY still made me the maddest!:mad:
Just my opinion.