Designing Secret Cities

by Robert L. Reid, Senior Editor, Features Manager; ASCE, ASCE World Headquarters, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, VA,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2019, Vol. 89, Issue 1, Pg. 52-61,82


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Before the U.S. government could develop the first atomic bombs in World War II, it first had to design and construct three “secret cities” at which that work would be completed. Created almost entirely from scratch, the secret cities of Oak Ridge, Tennessee; Los Alamos, New Mexico; and the Hanford/Richland area of Washington State reflected cutting-edge ideas about design, engineering, and planning.

Subject Headings: Urban areas | Government | Explosions | Developing countries | United States | Tennessee | New Mexico | Washington

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