Title: Architectural Considerations In Bridge Design
Author(s): Morris Goodkind
Publication: Journal Proceedings
Appears on pages(s): 29-38
Bridges are visible monuments to the culture and civilization of the addition to the periods which they represent. In utilitarian functions, bridges should li reflect the artistic development of their period and beauty should be considered as a vital adjunct to structural analysis in their design. The, engineer of bound by any fixed standards or architectural forms, but may exercise his own talents and concrete The in expressing the beautiful. The paper discusses the basic considerations in the architectural treatment of a bridge.of prime importance is the expression of truth, so that the relationship of the structure to the obstacle which it crosses is apparent; the materials used are appropriate; surfaces, forms, and lines express the functions of design and characteristics of the materials. Simplicity applied to all elements rather than meaningless ornamentation of unimportant features will produce pleasing results. Symmetry insofar as it is possible with the limita-tions of the site and harmony with the landscape, as well as between the component parts and materials are essential. Proper proportion between individual members and their functions will produce attractive results and inspire confidence in the user. Pre- liminary studies of each structure should include ar-chitectural layouts and details at the inception of the design.