The article describes the structural design process, that can lead to aesthetically pleasing bridge details, and gives some illustrative examples. Although some major bridges are being designed today by architects for fantasy and provocation, engineers themselves are largely responsible for this situation. For too long, they have been interested only in economy, and have built repetitive, boring, and even ugly structures. They have failed to note the recent shift in society's priorities from pure functionalism to quality. Engineers have been unable to influence the political processes where decisions are taken, and seem unable to attract enough media attention for the important positive impact of their work. They need to understand society's needs better, take their responsibilities more seriously, and communicate much more effectively. This article presents some examples of small and large bridges in France, which have been considered aesthetically successful. In most of these bridges, engineers have collaborated with architects, who have often made significant contributions to the aesthetic quality of the final design. The bridges are: the Champs-sur-Marne footbridge, Bouran Viaduct, the steel arch at Antrenas, the arch bridge at La Roche Bernard, and the Normandie Bridge across the Seine Estuary.

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    International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering

    ETH-Honggerberg, Wolfgang-Pauli-Strasse 15
    Zurich 8093,   Switzerland  CH-8093
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  • Publication Date: 1996-5


  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 80-3
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  • Accession Number: 00726596
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Oct 28 1996 12:00AM