Google Doodle celebrates the birthday of architect Fazlur Rahman Khan. The engineer, who was named the man of construction in the year by the Engineering News Record in 1972, is credited with revolutionizing the way that skyscrapers were designed and constructed.
Originally from Bangladesh, Khan moved to the United States to study at the Graduate School and stayed in the country to work at Chicago Design Office Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. According to his daughter Yasmine Sabina Khan, he admitted that the traditional design and construction methods of buildings are highly uneconomic.
Khan has developed new ways to frame high buildings, leading to improved structural efficiency and economy. Khan began his 1965 design for the 100-story John Hancock Center in Chicago using the “pipe-lined” system. This system, which can be implemented in both steel and concrete, uses a diagonal bracing on all sides of the building perimeter.
In 1971, while designing the tallest building in the world of time, Khan used the “bundled tube” system. The Sears Tower, renamed Willis Tower, has been the world’s tallest building for 25 years.
His daughter said: “A human being in his personal and professional life, he was inspired by the belief that his work had a positive effect and encouraged other engineers not to lose the purpose of their profession.”
“The art man should not be lost in his own technology, he should be able to appreciate life, and life is art, drama, music and, most importantly, people,” Khan said in a statement after describing him as the construction man of the year.In Jaddah, Saudi Arabia Khan died in 1982 at the age of 52. The Google logo, which celebrates Khan’s life and accomplishments, was created by Lydia Nichols.