A Methodology for Evaluating the Aesthetic Appeal of Bridge Designs

The appearance of bridges has always commanded the interest of not only bridge builders, but also artists, poets, merchants, farmers, or, in short, almost all who see them. This observation is equally true today, especially as the public is becoming more and more concerned with the quality of its environment. Thousands of new bridges, mostly highway related, are being designed and constructed annually. In the design of bridges safety engineers are guided by precise codes, yet in their designs few of them are guided by any sort of aesthetic rationale. In some recent references (1-10) a number of characteristics and illustrations are given to depict bridges that are said to be pleasing in appearance. Unfortunately, none of the authors offer any validation of their statements concerning aesthetic content except the force of their own personal convictions. This is not to question their conclusions but to suggest that there might be an alternate way to evaluate the appearance of bridges more systematically, a way that puts aesthetic judgments on a broad base, and is supported by rational data.

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    Virginia Highway Research Council

    Charlottesville, VA  United States 

    Virginia Department of Transportation

    1401 E Broad Street
    Richmond, VA  United States  23219
  • Authors:
    • Zuk, William
  • Publication Date: 1971-12


  • English

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  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 33p

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  • Accession Number: 01344863
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: VHRC 71-R16
  • Created Date: Jul 8 2011 12:59PM