Bridge Engineer Looks at Esthetics of Structures

by Reece H. Wengenroth, (F.ASCE), Exec. Vice Pres.; Westenhoff and Novick, Inc., Consulting Engrs., Chicago, IL,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1971, Vol. 97, Issue 4, Pg. 1227-1237

Document Type: Journal Paper


It should be mandatory that bridge engineers consider esthetics since there is so much emphasis being placed upon the effect of construction on the environment. Factors to be considered in the esthetic design of short span bridges are: slenderness; lack of mass, continuity of lines, simplicity of details, similarity of materials and compatibility with environment. Each of these factors is presented and photographs are used to illustrate them.

Subject Headings: Bridge engineering | Aesthetics | Infrastructure construction | Bridge design | Span bridges | Construction materials | Photography

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