BRIDGES The Science and Art of the World’s Most Inspiring Structures pdf

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BRIDGES The Science and Art of the World’s Most Inspiring Structures by David Blockley pdf download

BRIDGES The Science and Art of the World’s Most Inspiring Structures by David Blockley pdf download. Bridges touch all our lives—every day we are likely to cross or go under a bridge. But how many of us stop to consider how the bridge works and what sort of people designed and built it? In this book we will explore how we can read a bridge like a book, to understand how it works, and to appreciate its aesthetic, social, and engineering value. There are three practical requirements for a successful bridge—firm foundations, strong structure, and effective working.

BRIDGES The Science and Art of the World’s Most Inspiring Structures by David Blockley pdf download

These will form the ‘chapters’ within which we will find ‘paragraphs, sentences, words, and letters’. The ‘grammar’ of how bridges are put together will be based on combinations of four substructural types—BATS—beams, arches, trusses, and suspensions. For example, the Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension Bridge with a roadway deck on a stiff truss beam. Bridges are icons for whole cities—think of New York’s Brooklyn Bridge, Sydney’s Harbour Bridge, and Brunel’s Clifton Bridge in Bristol where I live.

BRIDGES The Science and Art of the World’s Most Inspiring Structures by David Blockley pdf download

Traditionally architects have not been involved in bridge design because bridges have been conceived as ‘raw’ engineered structure. Yet bridges are also a form of functional public art—they can delight or be an eyesore. Now architects and sculptors can and do contribute to the aesthetics of bridges to improve their impact in our public spaces. One of the finest examples is the Millau Viaduct in France which certainly has the ‘wow’ factor.

BRIDGES The Science and Art of the World’s Most Inspiring Structures by David Blockley pdf download

BRIDGES The Science and Art of the World’s Most Inspiring Structures by David Blockley pdf download

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