Thursday, September 23, 2010
Ingeniero Ysrael Seinuk En la Memoria
- Libertad es la palabra, regresaria a Cuba
auque sea a contruir una choza....
Quien era el Ingeniero Ysrael Seinuk
Como muchos cubanos, Ysrael Seinuk salió de su país en los años sesenta con unos pocos dólares en el bolsillo y un título universitario que no sabía si le serviría de algo.
Antes de salir de su isla, este ingeniero cubano que habla pausado, como si la palabra dependiera de una larga reflexión, ya era un pionero en la construcción de edificios.
La Habana, donde vivió y estudio, llevaba varios años de ventaja en el uso de técnicas en las que los estadounidenses estaban en pañales.
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De manera que cuando Seinuk llegó a Nueva York, no hizo otra cosa que agradecer la hospitalidad trasplantando su arte de albañilería a la Gran Manzana.
En esa ciudad caótica y multicolor, Ysrael Seinuk aplicó la técnica de construir edificios altos con hormigón firme sin necesidad de recurrir a bases demasiado anchas.
Cuando uno está haciendo una construcción, ya sea un puente, un edificio uno tiene que aprender a escuchar lo que el puente o el edificio quieren ser
A los ojos de quien ignora los entretelones de la ingeniería de construcciones, esto puede no tener demasiado sentido, pero para los miles de habitantes de rascacielos que no tienen que preocuparse por la estabilidad de sus viviendas, se trata de un avance glorioso.
Este neoyorquino adoptivo, además, ya había planeado proteger a los edificios ante quienes los veía como blancos de guerra, antes de la barbarie de 2001.
Así, cuando estuvo involucrado en la protección del Museo de la Herencia Judía (Museum of Jewish Heritage) y ahora, luego del emblemático 11 de septiembre, trabaja con otros profesionales en el monumento que recordará a las víctimas de la matanza.
Entre sus obras están el famoso Lápiz Labial de Philip Johnson y el Trump World Tower, por no mencionar la remodelación de la famosa Estación Central de Nueva York.
Javier Farje de la BBC conversó con Ysrael Seinuk sus obras y su concepción del horizonte.
Ysrael A. Seinuk
Areas of Specialization
Ysrael A. Seinuk, P.C. is a respected name in the multi-disciplinary fields of structural and civil design, as well as in transportation engineering. Founded by Professor Ysrael A. Seinuk, P.E. in 1977, the company has performed structural and civil engineering services for projects worth billions of dollars in various locations throughout the United States.
The staff has extensive experience in design and condition inspection of structures of all types, including, hi-rise and office buildings, educational, criminal justice, health care, sports, postal service, performing art and correctional facilities, housing, laboratories and bridges. YAS has assisted in all phases of master planning, and provided structural design for pumping stations and wastewater pollution control plants. We have provided complete designs for notable landmark preservations and historic structures. Services have consisted of structural engineering, in-depth structural condition surveys, structural analyses and preparation of drawings and specifications.
Among our most notable New York projects are the Trump World Tower (winner of 4 engineering awards); the revitalization of the landmark Grand Central Terminal (award winning); the new 42nd Street Redevelopment Project at Times Square (award winning); the Trump Riverside South Apartments; 101 West End Avenue (award winning); the US Courthouse and Federal Building in Islip (award winning); Tribeca Point (award winning); The United States Courthouse and the Federal Office Building, at Foley Square in Manhattan, the first major buildings to be seismically constructed in New York City in conformance with the seismic design regulations of the Uniform Building Code (UBC). Some of our other prominent projects outside the New York area include the Miami Performing Arts Center, designed by the internationally renowned architect Cesar Pelli; and The Gallery for Philip Johnson in New Canaan, CT (award winning).
The firm has a considerable background in civil engineering including design and resident inspection for state and local projects. These services encompass bridges, highways, parking areas, relocation of utilities, and resurfacing. We have provided structural design for rail transportation and station improvements, as well as providing access for the physically challenged. Close working relationships with owners, government agencies and other consultants are the keys to our proven effectiveness.
In addition, YAS has performed the design and planning for the site development of parks, college campuses, waterfront facilities, and public and private open spaces. The site work included grading, drainage, paving, utilities coordination and relocations, parking lot layouts, pavement markings, lighting, signing, sewers and permits.
Acknowledged as the leader in its field and a highly innovative firm, Ysrael A. Seinuk, P.C. approaches all its engineering commissions with the same underlying philosophy — to work closely with the client, other consultants and the appropriate agencies to develop engineering solutions of the highest quality, on-time and within the economic framework of the project.
Passing of Professor Ysrael Seinuk
September 14, 2010
To the Cooper Union Community:
It is with profound sadness that I inform you of the death of Professor Ysrael Seinuk. Professor Seinuk was one of The Cooper Union's most distinguished faculty members, who served in the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture with great distinction for more than forty years. In the year 2000, he also served as Interim Dean of Architecture. Professor Seinuk was a world renowned structural engineer and a gifted teacher, beloved by generations of Cooper Union students and by his colleagues. He developed a highly rigorous structures curriculum, unique among schools of architecture, comprising seven semesters of study, including the analysis and design of highly complex structures. Enormously generous with his skill and talent, he was someone I personally came to rely on for forthright perspectives on issues related to the college, as well as professional advice in addressing structural integrity in Cooper Union's facilities and architectural projects.
In his own practice, Professor Seinuk was a brilliant, consummate professional. Often recognized by his peers as a structural engineering genius, he received more than 60 industry, professional, and community awards including the Concrete Industry Board's Leader of Industry Award and the Cooper Union Urban Visionaries Award. During his career, he was elected a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Institution of Civil Engineers of the U.K. Professor Seinuk was the only American invited by the Institution of Structural Engineers of Great Britain to participate in the publication of the tall building design standards for the European Union.
Over the years, he played a principal role in the creation of structural concepts and designs for some of the tallest, most complex and most important buildings in the world. Among his award-winning projects were the Trump World Tower; the Time Warner Center, the Trump International Hotel and Tower, the Miami Performing Arts Center, renovation of Grand Central Station, the New York Mercantile Exchange, Four Times Square, the "Lipstick" Building, the Arthur Ashe Tennis Stadium in Flushing Meadows, Morgan Bank Headquarters, 7 World Trade Center, the Galleria, the landmark 450 Lexington Avenue, the Grand Hyatt in New York, O-14 in Dubai and the Chapultepec Tower, a 57-story office building located in the most severe seismic zone of Mexico City. His work leaves an indelible mark on the fields of architecture and structural engineering as well as on higher education.
Passionately dedicated to his wonderful family, Professor Seinuk brought his wife Fanny, his children and grandchildren into The Cooper Union circle and, on behalf of the entire Cooper Union community, I offer each of them our sincere condolences. With them we mourn his loss while, at the same time, we celebrate the exceptional contributions he made to his profession, to his community and to this college. The Cooper Union will forever owe him a debt of gratitude.
George Campbell Jr., PH.D.
The Cooper Union
for the Advancement of Science and Art