The modern engineer's Janus face: Delivering Reliability and Mystification

Medium: conference paper
Language(s): en 
Conference: Footbridge 2017 Berlin - Tell A Story, 6-8.9.2017, Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin)
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Year: 2017
DOI: 10.24904/footbridge2017.09877
Abstract: The load bearing structure is often visible above the deck which was used to manipulate the spatial experience directly (e.g. series of hangers) or through a diagrammatic articulation of the structural behavior in the arrangement of components (e.g. truss patterns). A relatively late trend is the intentional disturbance of the common perception through the deformation or dissection of structural typologies which can lead to new interpretations and multilayered narratives. The aesthetic conception of the viewer’s perception seems to have been shifted from a subtle manifold reading of a familiar structural grammar to a more direct influence on the pedestrian with clearly expressed structural figures.
Keywords: aesthetics, historical, structural concepts, space


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