This booklet is the printed proceedings of a seminar on bridge design, sponsored by the Fine Art Commission and held in London on 29 October 1992. Its purpose was to explore different methods of commissioning and controlling bridge design, with the aim of improving visual quality but not sacrificing economy and functional adequacy. It emphasised bridge appearance, and addressed three basic questions: (1) How does the method of commissioning a design control or affect the bridge's visual quality? (2) How can a 'real designer' be selected, and how can his/her control of the design be ensured from start to finish? (3) How far do codes and departmental standards in any country limit a designer's ability to achieve visual excellence? The participants in the seminar were invited to contribute their ideas and suggestions on these and related issues, with special reference to how they are handled in countries other than the UK. The main presentation, by James Sutherland of the Royal Fine Art Commission, considers: (1) the cultural and symbolic significance of bridges; (2) the historical significance of materials in bridges; (3) the meaning of design; (4) the effect of departmental standards on visual design. It compares five methods of commissioning bridge designs, presents two case studies, and includes illustrations of many bridge designs. The discussion is also reported.

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  • Publication Date: 1993


  • English

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  • Pagination: 41 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00668334
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-11-752793-9
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Nov 2 1994 12:00AM