This article shows how the channels of creativity have been explored for their potential applications to the conceptual design of bridges. Designs using such creative methods are intended to provide variety, richness, and beauty in the appearance of bridges. The tangible channels of creativity include: force flow, the construction process, geometry, colour, and material. The intangible channels include several types of transformation and of metaphor. The three major transformation strategies for developing structural forms through intangible channels are: (1) traditional, where a basic form is transformed step by step; (2) borrowing, where basic forms are used from outside bridge engineering, to increase the variety of design; and (3) deconstruction and recombination, where the basic components of a system are identified and rearranged to produce a new structure. Many metaphorical approaches can be developed for a bridge's design, because many meanings other than transport can be associated with a bridge. Sound structural logic should accompany the use of a metaphor in a bridge design, to ensure a sensible and economical design. The use of creative approaches is most suitable for bridges with small to medium spans, for example footbridges.

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    International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering

    ETH-Honggerberg, Wolfgang-Pauli-Strasse 15
    Zurich 8093,   Switzerland  CH-8093
  • Authors:
    • SYED, S
  • Publication Date: 1996-8


  • English

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 195-7
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  • Accession Number: 00729856
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 26 1996 12:00AM