We shared Mechanics of materials with structural engineers back in college. I learned some basic concept about structural engineering, but besides the basic knowledge i don't know anything about structural engineering.
If i recall correctly, an engineer found a way to distribute the weight of buildings over a wide area to reduce the stress, i think he managed to solve the problem of sinking buildings for the first time in Chicago, and up to this moment, his solution has been popular.
If the area has a strong bedrock, manhattan for instance then, the buildings are much more stable, but my question targets the areas with very weak bedrock, The Hague for instance.
I can say, there is channel is every street, when i walk in streets i can actually hear the vibrations of water beneath my feet, if you dig the ground four or five meters, in city centre you'll reach water.
I wonder how engineers manage to build skyscrapers in this area? The concentration of tall buildings is not as same as in manhattan, Chicago or ... . But still, how those few tall buildings are still on the ground?