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.

  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