This article holds that good bridge design exemplifies the three criteria of structural art: minimum use of materials, minimum cost, and maximum aesthetic expression. An attempt is made to define the new art form and is shown that it has been consciously practiced since the late 18th century. It is shown that it is parallel to and independent from architecture, and that numerous modern engineers are creating such works of art in the 20th century. The art of structural engineering appears most clearly in bridges, tall buildings and long-span roofs. The new art is illustrated by describing some works of four of the leading bridge designers in the modern tradition: Gustave Eiffel, John Roebling, Robert Maillart and Christian Mena.

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    Sigma Xi, Scientific Research Society

    345 Whitney Avenue
    New Haven, CT  United States  06511
  • Authors:
    • Billington, D P
  • Publication Date: 1984-2

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  • Accession Number: 00381851
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 30 1984 12:00AM