A number of people have asked about my father’s efforts to help his homeland during the liberation war of 1971. This is indeed an important part of his life so I have added a page – titled 1971: Bangladesh Liberation War – to my website http://drfazlurrkhan.com. The text is based on the section “Crisis in Bangladesh” in Engineering Architecture: The Vision of Fazlur R. Khan.
My thanks to everyone who asked about my father’s efforts.
May 10, 2013
The Ryerson & Burnham Libraries at the Art Institute of Chicago started a Fazlur R. Khan Collection in 1992 when my mother donated some of my father’s papers and slides. There were still other files of his at home, and I looked through these as carefully as I could when I was working on Engineering Architecture. Now that the book is completed, I have decided to donate the rest of his papers so they can all be in one place. I will eventually also donate most of his slides (I want to sort through them and keep personal photos). The Collection does include some personal items, such as my father’s passport from the 1970s, to which a remarkable number of extension pages were added because of his extensive travel, a matted photo of a project given to him by Bruce Graham and signed “Another fine collaboration,” and the transcript of an oral history recording made by him in 1978.
January 21, 2013
I have added the full text from Engineering News-Record‘s 1972 article about my father “Construction’s Man of the Year: Fazlur R. Khan” to my website dedicated to him (here is a link).
It was during an interview for this article that he discussed his perspective on the role of engineering, saying “The technical man must not be lost in his own technology. He must be able to appreciate life, and life is art, drama, music and, most importantly, people.”
April 12, 2012
I was in Chicago for my father’s birthday, April 3, and was happy to see that the work at the cemetery has turned out nicely. The groundcover around my parents’ gravestone was very pretty in bloom (a bit more may still be planted on the sides) and the two stones, my parents’ and Bruce Graham’s memorial stone, look perfect together – like partners, each with their own personality.
This felt like a special year. March 27 was the 30th anniversary of my father’s passing.
January 27, 2012
August 31, 2011
The structures class at Princeton has put together an impressive web site to accompany the exhibit on my father and his work. This link is to the section I contributed, which will take you to the web site.
August 10, 2011
David Billington’s presentation on September 9 will also be the next lecture in the Fazlur R. Khan Distinguished Lecture Series. This series was established by Professor Dan Frangopol as part of the Fazlur Rahman Khan Endowed Chair of Structural Engineering and Architecture at Lehigh University (http://www.lehigh.edu/~infrk/).