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Author Billington, David P.

Title The art of structural design : a Swiss legacy / David P. Billington.

Published New Haven, Conn. ; London : Yale University Press, 2003.

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 UniM Bail  624.10922494 BILL    AVAILABLE
Physical description 264 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 26cm
Contents Chapter 1 Wilhelm Ritter: The Origins of Swiss Structural Art 16 -- Chapter 2 Robert Maillart: Master of Concrete Forms 30 -- Chapter 3 Othmar H. Ammann: Master of Steel Bridges 74 -- Chapter 4 Pierre Lardy: From Mathematics to Aesthetics 112 -- Chapter 5 Heinz Isler: Structural Art in Thin-Shell Concrete 128 -- Chapter 6 Christian Menn: Structural Art in Bridges 164.
Summary This handsome book brings together for the first time the outstanding work of four Swiss engineers and their teachers who form the most impressive group of structural artists in the twentieth century: Wilhelm Ritter (1847-1906), Robert Maillart (1872-1940), Othmar Ammann (1879-1965), Pierre Lardy (1902-1956), Heinz Isler (b. 1926), and Christian Menn (b. 1927).
David P. Billington, who pioneered the integration of the liberal arts into engineering education, argues that it is important to consider these men as artists, for aesthetics played a major role in their design philosophy. He explains that their shared approach to design was influenced significantly while they attended the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich: Maillart and Ammann studied with Ritter there, and Isler and Menn studied under Lardy. Billington focuses on the engineers' artistic approach to the design and construction of bridges and thin shell roofs, and he discusses their impressive individual contributions to structural engineering.
Generously illustrated, this book features reproductions of many original drawings as well as archival material, paintings, three-dimensional models, and newly commissioned photographs. Included in this study are many of the designers' most widely recognized and acclaimed projects, including the George Washington, Bayonne, Bronx-Whitestone, and Verrazano Narrows bridges by Ammann; the recently constructed Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge over the Charles River in Boston, the widest cable-stayed bridge in the United States, completed by Menn in 2002; the Schwandbach, Salginatobel, and Vessy bridges in Switzerland by Maillart; and Isler's graceful Heimberg Tennis Center and Grotzingen Outdoor Theater.
Subject Structural design -- Switzerland.
Architecture -- Aesthetics.
Civil engineers -- Switzerland.
ISBN 0300097867 £40.00