HUMANE URBAN AESTHETIC: US-183 ELEVATED PROJECT IN AUSTIN, TEXAS

Designers at the Texas Department of Transportation were faced with building an elevated bridge 1.3 million sq ft through the city of Austin. Limited right-of-way and the inherent size of an overhead highway meant that there existed the possibility of building an oppressive architecture among the homes and businesses of the US-183 corridor. Instead of applying the accepted techniques of modern bridge aesthetics, engineers used new fundamentals for designing appropriate regional bridge architecture. The aesthetic design philosophy was to build this important public structure so that is expressed the spirit of Austin as defined by the city's innovative high-technology industry, traditional state architecture, and most importantly its humane, livable quality. Engineers tapped into the iconoclastic creativity common to so many Austin artists. Aesthetics was given equal importance with the other constraints of bridge design: functional requirements and economic demands. Integrity of structure can only be achieved when all three of these elements are fully examined and integrated into every level of decision making. The result is a sound, economical structure that reawakens the notion of creative detailing in large-scale bridge architecture.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 60-67
  • Monograph Title: FOURTH INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE ENGINEERING CONFERENCE, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, AUGUST 28-30, 1995. CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS, 2 VOLUMES
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00711674
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309061091
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 5 1995 12:00AM