Design Failure Lessons

Hyatt Regency Hotel catwalk collapse


In July, 1981, a catwalk packed with people and over a packed dance floor collapsed onto the catwalk below and then to the floor, killing 114 people.

Articles:
  1. Stevens, William K., "Before Hotel Disaster, Walkway Swayed to the Rhythm of Dancers," The New York Times, SECTION: Section A; Page 1, Column 1; National Desk, July 20, 1981

  2. McGrath, Peter, Foote, Donna, "What Happened at the Hyatt?" Newsweek, Section: National Affairs, Pg 26, August 3, 1981

  3. Weston, Rusty, "Failure Inc.; Disaster Is a Certainty, and One Little Company Thrives on It," Los Angeles Times, SECTION: Magazine; Page 28; Magazine Desk, October 20, 1991