How to Read Bridges: A Crash Course in Engineering and Architecture

How to Read Bridges: A Crash Course in Engineering and Architecture

by Edward Denison, Ian Stewart
     
 

This accessible book is a visual guide to understanding and identifying architectural styles and engineering techniques of all types of bridges, from ancient Roman arch bridges and nineteenth-century truss bridges prevalent in the United States, to the latest high-design cantilever and suspension bridges of the moment. It explores the elegant and varied ways in which…  See more details below

Overview

This accessible book is a visual guide to understanding and identifying architectural styles and engineering techniques of all types of bridges, from ancient Roman arch bridges and nineteenth-century truss bridges prevalent in the United States, to the latest high-design cantilever and suspension bridges of the moment. It explores the elegant and varied ways in which engineers and architects have designed ever longer yet less heavy bridges, devising new methods of construction along the way. 

Illustrated throughout with detailed line drawings and cross sections, including dramatic images of the world’s iconic bridges, this charming guide still fits in a pocket or purse—perfect for anyone who likes to explore the dynamic bridges and built environment on foot.

Editorial Reviews

In architecture is frozen music, suspension bridges are artful string quartets and How To Read Bridges might be regarded as a listener's guide to the intricate interplay of design and engineering in these evocative spans. A petite, charming guide to brighten any riverside walk.

Michelle Marozik

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789324917
Publisher:
Rizzoli
Publication date:
02/21/2012
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
496,546
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 6.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Edward Denison is a writer and photographer whose work includes authoritative books on design and architecture. Ian Stewart is an engineer at Davies Maguire + Whitby, a structural engineering design practice. He holds a BEng in civil engineering and a PhD in structural dynamics.

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