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Conceptual Design and Aesthetic of Bridges

 Conceptual Design and Aesthetic of Bridges
Medium: conference paper
Language(s): en 
Conference: IABSE Conference: Elegance in structures, Nara, Japan, 13-15 May 2015
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Page(s): 48-49
Year: 2015
DOI: 10.2749/222137815815773855

"The walls between art and engineering exist only in our minds." (Theo Jansen). Structural Engineering is a combination of Science and Art. Science is based in universal laws and is valid for everyone and for all times.

Art and Aesthetic are more personal and changeable with culture and time. Elegance from the point of view of engineering could be formulated as the right combination of several factors such as: scale, blending with the context, functionality, efficiency, detailing, influence in the public realm, and a sense of timeless.

The proper addressing to the aforementioned factors is vital in the aesthetical result of the structure. In the paper, a discussion of the conceptual design and the influence of those variables in the outcome is be presented.

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