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July 20, 2019

Skyscrapers: A History of the World’s Most Extraordinary Buildings is the first book to be published under a new agreement between the Department of Culture & Tourism-Abu Dhabi @dctabudhabi and Emaar Properties @emaardubai to support reading and increase literacy and cultural literacy throughout the United Arab Emirates. I'm honored that my work supports this effort, which recalls an earlier era in the United States, when it was understood that an educated populace is a public good, benefiting all of us.

Right: Yours at the magnificent Qasr Al Watan Library...

March 17, 2018

New York Times Sunday Book Review | Nonfiction

Once, in a younger America, architects and engineers alike were simply called “builders”: people, mostly men, who had both design and construction skills. But after the American Institute of Architects was founded in 1857, the professions split. Architects began to garner all the glory while engineers toiled in their shadows. At the 1964 dedication of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, then the world’s longest suspension bridge, Robert Moses actually seemed to forget the name of Othmar Ammann, its designer and argua...

February 8, 2018

Yours truly receiving the 2018 Wise Woman Award from the National Organization of Italian American Women (NOIAW) in Providence, RI. Among many things, I speak about my grandmother’s cooking, supporting DACA, especially in light of the discrimination suffered by the southern Italian ancestors (of most people in the room), and the table as the fundamental building block of architecture.  

January 18, 2018

Many thanks to the National Organization of Italian American Women for honoring me, along with food editor/journalist Gail Chiampa and attorney Laura Pisaturo, as “Wise Women.” Each of the honorees spoke about our Italian roots and the importance of remembering those roots on behalf of newcomers. 

From my talk: … “Growing up, this strong sense of place was irrevocably yoked to feelings of authenticity, of abundance, of safety, of belongingness. Feeling safe allows trust – and from trust springs courage.

This is the courage of our Italian ancestors – and the...

January 12, 2018

Colorful online story in USA Today features my picks from Bridges, selections that highlight bridges that are structurally significant, aesthetically pleasing or that provide unique solutions to issues arising from environmental, political and social conditions.  Ideally, all three.

One favorite is the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory (2006) in Prospect, Maine, designed by FIGG Bridge Group. After FIGG conducted listening sessions with Mainers about the new bridge, they learned the community was most proud of its granite, some of which was used...

December 30, 2017

The Wall Street Journal devoted a half-page to three spans featured in Bridges. That’s some real estate! 

Millau Viaduct, France, 2004 The Millau Viaduct touches the earth lightly, recalling the long French tradition of audacious structures, begun more than a century ago by Gustave Eiffel, who crossed a similar windy gorge in the Massif Central with an equally astonishing viaduct. Designed by Foster + Partners in association with an engineering group led by Michel Virlogeux, the Millau crossing is the tallest bridge in the world, with a deck so high that...

December 15, 2017

Splashy year-end Entertainment Weekly cover features Games of Thrones and, inside, taps Bridges as one of the “Most Beautiful Books of the Year.”

November 27, 2017

Stop by the fabulous Hearth & Soul store in Tallahassee on December 6, 5 to 7 pm, for a Bridges celebration and signing. Meet author Judith Dupré and Linda Figg of FIGG Bridge Group. Bring the kids too – activities for children will be facilitated by the Challenger Learning Center education staff and the ASCE student chapter from the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. These activities will include making paper bridges, large wooden bridges and shapes to be tested in a shape tester to see what shape holds the most force.

November 25, 2017

[Bridges] is laid out to read sideways so that each impressive bridge it features can be viewed spanning the full 18 inches on a page. An unusual treat for lovers of impressive architecture.

Read more at Dayton Daily News

November 25, 2017

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Love and attention for the Mackinac Bridge, the Golden Gate, the Tacoma Narrows and other spans classic and contemporary, in an oversize volume (9 inches by 18 inches).

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