The Politics of the Art of Spanish Bridge Design

Description: Themes: The influence of the economic and political climate on engineering works; The dangers of the Bilbao effect and the importance of socially responsible design; Flow of forces in a tied arch bridge and a cable stayed bridge; Characteristics of a bridge hero; The roles of discipline and play in successful structural designs.

Learning Objectives: Students should be able to: Describe the flow of forces in a tied arch bridge and a cable stayed bridge; Understand the relationship between politics, economy and engineering and the responsibility of the engineer in the design process; Discuss the "Alamillo Effect" and formulate an opinion on the tradeoff between cost and aesthetics; Describe the key characteristics of a bridge hero and relate them to the engineers in the previous lectures

Keywords reinforced concrete, steel, Calatrava, Torroja, Ghery, Manterola, Sobrino, Martínez Calzón, Guisasola, Fernández Casado, tied arch bridge, cable stayed bridge, Bilbao effect

Categories: Structural EngineeringPrinceton University, Bridges


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