By David P. Billington
What do constructions akin to the Eiffel Tower, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the concrete roofs of Pier Luigi Nervi have in universal? in accordance with this e-book, now in its first paperback version, all are amazing examples of structural paintings, an exhilarating shape precise from both structure or laptop layout. Aided via a couple of wonderful illustrations, David Billington discusses prime structural engineer-artists, reminiscent of John A. Roebling, Gustave Eiffel, Fazlur Khan, and Robert Maillart.
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He chose this wide span rather than the normal two-span masonry solution of earlier times in part because of Rood and ice dangers. But more important were his design criteria: "to improve the principles of constructing iron bridges, also their external appearance . '' 5 Telford thus stated the central ideas of this new tradition-efficiency in materials, economy for construction, and appearance of the final form-and they have remained those of all structural artists ever since. Telf0rd's iron arch bridges were not the only such works at this time nor were they the longest spanning ones.
In addition to Menai, Telford designed the 380-foot-span Conway suspension bridge also completed in 1826 and standing in good condition today. Art and Politics Menai is the first major work of structural art visually to symbolize, in its thinness, the lightness of the new engineering and the demands of the new politics. entation to industrial cities such as Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, and Sheffield. Politics was being directly influenced by the lnduStrial Revolution. Spreading the franchise more widely went together with spreading materials more thinly.
Structures and machines define our environment. The locomotive of the nineteenth century has given way to the automobile and airplane of the twentieth. Large-scale complexes that include structures and machines become major public issues. Power plants, weapons systems, refineries, river works-all have come to symbolize the promises and problems of industrial civilization. The Colden Cate, the George Washington, and the Verrazano bridges carry on the traditions set by the Brooklyn Bridge. The Chicago Hancock and Sears towers, and the New York Woolworth, Empire 16 A New Tradition: A rt in EngiMering State, and World Trade Center towers-all bring the promise of the Eiffel Tower into the utility of city office and apartment buildings.