SUSTAINABLE STRUCTURAL DESIGN: LESSONS FROM HISTORY

The concept of sustainability requires engineers to consider design from an economic, social and environmental approach. Designers are tending towards whole life design. This paper presents case studies of historic bridges to illustrate the choices made by structural designers. The bridges considered are a non-sustainable bridge (the Williamsburg Bridge over the East River of New York City, USA), sustainable bridges designed for permanence (a Roman arch bridge), a bridge designed for impermanence (an Inca suspension bridge), and solutions between permanence and impermanence (historic wooden truss bridges).

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    International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering

    ETH-Honggerberg, Wolfgang-Pauli-Strasse 15
    Zurich 8093,   Switzerland  CH-8093
  • Authors:
    • OCHSENDORF, J
  • Publication Date: 2004-8

Language

  • English

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 192-4
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  • Accession Number: 00987162
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Mar 3 2005 12:00AM