For those interested in discovering how the Shard was engineered, there will be a lecture given by the design team of the project at the Institute of Technology in London on the 3rd of October 2012.
The event will be led by structural engineer Richard Mawer of the WSP Group, cladding specialist Andy Seman of Adamson Associates, and building services engineer David Healy of Arup who will be answering some of the basic questions on how you build a supertall building. These will range from the more complicated to the simple and obvious.
Amongst the topics to be covered include how to build a skyscraper in mid air, how to combine individual pieces of the fašade into one seamless whole, the apparent transparency of the Shard, and how the services of the building are concealed to create what appears to be a shard of glass.
The threesome on the panel will mingle with attendees after giving members of the public a chance to have a chat with some of the leading minds behind the actual construction of western Europe's first supertall building.
The event is free to attend but booking in advance is highly recommended as the organizers expect all the places to be filled before the day itself.