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Footbridges – Enriching Urban Structures

Medium: Tagungsbeitrag
Sprache(n): en 
Tagung: 17th IABSE Congress, Creating and Renewing Urban Structures – Tall Buildings, Bridges and Infrastructure, Chicago, September 17-19, 2008
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Seite(n): 256-257
Jahr: 2008
DOI: 10.2749/222137908796292524

Footbridges are a common urban feature. They fulfil important infra-structural as well as structural tasks and at the same time can enrich the urban environment. The design of footbridges for the urban environment is quite different from that for a bridge in the open country. Urban footbridges often need to provide more than just a safe crossing of a road. Their additional tasks range from building-to-building connection, rain- and noise protection to adding value to existing structures and even entire neighbourhoods.

In this paper the issues just mentioned will be elaborated further to show how footbridges can enrich the urban environment. Some recent European footbridges will be presented to also show the large variety of solutions and to demonstrate the value of these small structures that allow engineers to experiment with new materials and to try out new structural solutions.

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