[I wrote this and sent it to a few Architectural and Engineering groups in Australia. Mr Gage of Architects and Engineers for 911 Truth is looking to get 1000 professional signatures by Sept 11, so this is my contribution. Readers may send this letter to other such groups (with the necessary edits).]
I was quite concerned to learn that there are over 400 architects and engineers who are calling for a new investigation into the 3 WTC high-rise collapses on 9/11. With so many qualified individuals involved in such an organisation I wondered whether there was any substance to what they were saying. In fact, the more I looked into the information presented at their website the more I found it to be very credible. Although I'm not a building professional I ask relevant members of your organisation to examine the data to ascertain whether or not there is a legitimate argument here in terms of calling for a new investigation.
Furthermore, as far as I know there were no changes to US building codes post 911 despite the fact that, other than the Twin Towers, there was also the catastrophic collapse of a 47 high rise building - WTC 7. Although not hit by an aeroplane, and with minimal fires, this building collapsed in a manner identical to a controlled demolition(?). Knowing that steel framed high rise buildings are designed to survive earthquakes, fires and hurricane force winds I found this collapse to be very troubling indeed.
Will the recently built steel-framed high rise buildings in Australia also collapse if subjected to minimal damage such as that sustained by World Trade Centre 7 ?
I assumed that the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) investigations into the 911 WTC collapses would have adequately accounted for these failures but it appears the investigations were very limited in scope and did not address all the issues raised. With regard to WTC 7 it appears the official response is that fire, even though very limited, led to the building failure. Quite frankly I find this explanation to be entirely implausible.
Mr. Richard Gage, the architect who heads the web organisation linked at the top, has a letter addressing some key features of the destruction of the 3 buildings in New York that you might want to read (I have included the PDF file of his letter here). Although what he claims is highly controversial, it seems to be well supported by physical evidence- and his position is backed by over 400 well educated professionals. Please look into this and let me know if there is reason to be concerned.
[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 10th, 2008.]