To fortify or not to fortify?
By protecting buildings from outside blasts, could we be increasing the risk of damage caused by an explosion on the inside? John Simpson reports
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and this picture of the US Embassy bombing in Turkey is a pertinent example of an interesting question facing those responsible for making buildings resistant to explosions. From this picture, it is clear to see that a street-facing door and sections of cladding from an annex were blown outwards. However, an integral window remained in place, albeit severely crazed. This window and the dislocated door . . .