Civil Engineering Esthetics—State-of-the-Art

by Clayford T. Grimm, (M.ASCE), Assoc. Dir.; Center for Building Research and Lect. in Architectural Engrg., The Univ. of Texas at Austin, Austin, Tex.,
Wolfgang F.E. Preiser, Research Architect and Assoc. Visiting Prof.; Dept. of Architecture, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana, Urbana, Ill.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1976, Vol. 102, Issue 8, Pg. 1531-1536

Document Type: Journal Paper


Professional societies recommend and courts, laws and governmental regulations require consideration of environmental impact statements for larger projects affecting the natural and man-made environment. Yet beauty in civil engineering design is rare in the midst of much that is dreary, expressionless, and unartistic. Reasons and proposed remedies for this are presented. Recent research leading to the development of a rational design methodology is briefly surveyed. Governmental concern and regulation for esthetics in civil works is considered, an action program is recommended, and 34 references are cited.

Subject Headings: Aesthetics | Government | Professional societies | Laws | Environmental issues | Surveying methods

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