New Bridge Forms: Jörg Schlaich and his Team

Description: Themes: Post World War II German bridge forms; Back-anchored and self-anchored suspension bridges; Structural honesty in design: forms derived from their structural behavior; Discipline and play: play as an exploration of varied structural forms.

Learning Objectives: Students should be able to: Identify Schlaich's design style; Describe constraints on Schlaich's urban pedestrian bridge; List differences between back-anchored and self-anchored suspension bridges; Describe how fan and harp cable-stayed bridges carry gravity loads.

Keywords: steel, J. Schlaich, M. Schlaich, pedestrian bridge, cable stayed bridge, suspension bridge

Categories: Structural EngineeringPrinceton University, Bridges

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