New Bridge Forms: Christian Menn

Description: Themes: Pierre Lardy's mentorship of Christian Menn; Menn's improvement on Maillart's designs using newfound knowledge of prestressed concrete; Menn's evolution of form in the Feslenau, Ganter and Sunniberg Bridges.

Learning Objectives: Students should be able to: Examine new bridge forms that are possible due to prestressing; Describe Menn's design evolution of imitation, innovation and inspiration; Discuss some of Menn's masterpieces and their relationship to his design goals; Outline the influence of key engineering teachers on theri students (Lardy's students were Menn and Isler; Ritter's students were Ammann and Maillart); Critique structures on the grounds of structural art: efficiency, economy, elegance; Compare and contrast design alternatives based on scientific, social and symbolic criteria; Discuss Menn's aesthetic goals and how this vision integrates structures with their environment

Keywords reinforced concrete, prestressed concrete, Menn, Lardy, arched bridge, continuous bridge, cable stayed bridge, evolution of structural artist, Reichenau Bridge, Felsenau Bridge, Ganter Bridge, Sunniberg Bridge, Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge

Categories: Structural EngineeringPrinceton University, Bridges

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