Westwood News
UCLA Engineers To Study Watts Towers
By Nedda Alishahi
Mar 20, 2013 - 6:11:27 PM

WESTWOOD—UCLA Engineers will be studying the stability of the Watts Towers, located in Southern Los Angeles. The structures, which were completed by Simon Rodia in 1954, will be studied by experts from UCLA to determine the stability of the towers. The main concern that will be focused on during this study will be the cracks that have been acquired over the years, specifically at the base of the towers.

The Watts Towers consist of 17 structures, two of which are said to be about 99 feet tall. UCLA Engineers will be studying their stability as the structures have been cracking down on their own weight over the last several years.

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The UCLA Science and Engineering Library Blog posted a statement saying that there will be an “upcoming study of the Watts Towers by engineers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. Civil Engineering Professor Ertugrul Taciroglu and his team are hoping to determine the towers’ stability in order to preserve this L.A. landmark.”

The exact starting date of the study has yet to be released, but many experts expect the Watts Towers themselves to last for many more years to come.



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