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1. Chinese Bridges: Living Architecture
2. Bridges: Amazing Structures to
3. Masterpieces: Bridge Architecture
4. Living Bridges: The Inhabited
5. Un Studio: Erasmus Bridge: Source
6. Bridges (Masterpieces of Architecture)
7. Design of Highway Bridges: An
8. Atlas of Vernacular Architecture
9. The Architecture of Bridges
10. Transport, Engineering and Architecture
11. Santiago Calatrava The Bridges
12. Famous Bridges Of The World: Measuring
13. Bridges (True Books : Buildings
14. Bridges: A History of the World's
15. Brooklyn Bridge: Fact and Symbol
16. Calatrava Bridges (Architecture
17. Essential New York: A Guide to
18. Safety of historical stone arch
19. Pittsburgh's Bridges: Architecture
20. John Soane and the Wooden Bridges

1. Chinese Bridges: Living Architecture from China's Past
by Ronald G. Knapp, Peter Bol, A. Chester Ong
Hardcover: 272 Pages (2008-07-01)
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Asin: 0804838844
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Bridges, the least known and understood of China's many wonders, are one of its most striking and resilient feats of architectural prowess. Chinese Bridges brings together a thorough look at these marvels from one of the world's leading experts on Chinese culture and historical geography, Ronald G. Knapp.

While many consider bridges to be merely utilitarian, the bridges of China move beyond that stereotype, as many are undeniably dramatic, even majestic and daring. Chinese Bridges illustrates in detail 20 well-preserved ancient bridges, along with descriptions and essays on the distinctive architectural elements shared by the various designs. For the first time in an English-language book, Chinese Bridges records scores of newly discovered bridges across China's vast landscape, illustrated with over 400 color photographs, as well as woodblock prints, historic images, paintings and line drawings.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A treasure for Chinophiles!
This most unusual book is my very favorite of all the China books in my collection!Ronald G. Knapp always turns out lovely books but this time he's outdone himself. China is full of marvelous and unique bridges and this book has gorgeous photos of many of them.What a visual feast.I am an artist and have visited China twice.Although I have LOTS of my own photos, this book will provide inspiration for years to come.Magnificent photography - photos I've never seen before.I was so sorry to get to the end of the book, I went back to the beginning and looked through it again!I love this book.If you love China and Chinese things, you'll love it too.

5-0 out of 5 stars When Function Meets Romantacism
If there ever were structures that should follow the maxim that form follows function it would have to be bridges.It is impossible to imagine a more practical structure.Yet, "Chinese Bridges" shows what happens when the Chinese bring their own romantic, over the top aesthetic to the art of bridge building.The result is architectural intoxication of the highest order.

"Chinese Bridges" begins by cataloging the different styles of bridges and then moves to the spiritual dimensions the Chinese embued in their bridges.It concludes with detailed studies of individual bridges.These bridges range from humble vernacular bridges in China's heartland to the beautifully ornate bridges of the country's elites.

Ronald Knapp has been studying the rural architecture of China since 1965 and is one of foremost historian's of China's vernacular architecture.He is a strong writer and his text is well complimented by Chester Ong's beautiful photographs."Chinese Bridges" is a complementary volume to Knapp's "Chinese Houses".Both are beautifully produced volumes and are a must purchase for fans of Chinese and vernacular architecture.These are two of the finest books in my collection.Highly recommended. ... Read more

2. Bridges: Amazing Structures to Design, Build & Test (Kaleidoscope Kids)
by Carol A. Johmann, Elizabeth Rieth
Paperback: 96 Pages (1999-10)
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Asin: 1885593309
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Build bridges of your design -- from the 'workhorse' truss-beam bridge to the dazzling suspension bridge. Use bridge-building basics, and, along the way, discover how science and creativity come together in the creation of those weight-bearing wonders -- bridges. Choose the best bridge design for different sites. Make decisions about cost, safety, materials, and the environment. Build and innovate using available materials. Test your construction for function and load. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great intro into Bridge Constructions
This book is great- Good explanations on the building and design of bridges. I am using it in a homeschool co-op for activities for our group of kids. I saw it when I want to purchase The Art of Construction: Projects and Principles for Beginning Engineers & Architects by Mario Salvadori which is an awsome book but not for a 1st grader. This book is well thought out and fun. I hope to pick up some of the other books in the series.

5-0 out of 5 stars Practical physics fun
Superior instructions for children of all ages. Specific building instructions for all types of bridges and many challenges.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
A great book with wonderful illustrations and great projects.Very useful in both the classroom and at home.A real find!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful writing and alot of fun!
This is a great book for kids. It very clearly, but very simply shows kids how bridges works. It also walks them through creating bridges in their homes to showcase how these concepts work. Oh, and there is even a recipe for how to make cement!

This is a must buy if you or your kids are even slightly interested in bridges!

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't wait 'til it's too late!
Was THIS book a relief to parents when it came out! One of the few real "How to" learning books about bridges. It explains how & why different types of bridges don't fall down (which is why kids learn about em in the first place) & offers fun instructions on each major kind: arches, beams, trusses, cantilevers, and suspension bridges, you know the deal.Of course, "Bridges: Amazing Structure..."also shows why some bridges fail, like the Tacoma Narrows Bridge (you've seen this one go on disaster TV shows). Don't wait until your kid says, "Mom, I have to build a bridge by tomorrow." Do it now & put it into storage if necessary. ... Read more

3. Masterpieces: Bridge Architecture and Design
by Chris van Uffelen
Hardcover: 304 Pages (2009-12-16)
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Asin: 3037680253
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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This volume from the Masterpieces series presents contemporary bridges of different types from around the world. Variety of structural tasks and materials was given priority during project selection. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful bridges, skimpy text
This is essentially a coffee table book which presents 69 bridges from around the world.Just about all of the bridges are beautiful, and some are utterly breathtaking.They're all contemporary bridges, with most of them built within the past decade and some still under design or construction, so most of these bridges will be new even to bridge enthusiasts.

For each bridge, there are multiple color photographs which are generally of high quality.However, my one issue with the book, which is the reason for my deducting one star, is that the text describing each bridge is only one short paragraph (in English, German, and French).Moreover, this little bit of text emphasizes the artistic aspects of the bridges and is essentially devoid of the kinds of technical details an architect or especially an engineer (like me) would want.I presume that this is because the author is an art historian without technical background.

Despite the skimpy text, I still recommend this book to bridge enthusiasts.Laypeople will be able to appreciate the beauty of the bridges, and architects and engineers may find inspiration and ideas which they can apply to their professional practice. ... Read more

4. Living Bridges: The Inhabited Bridge, Past, Present and Future (Architecture)
by Royal Academy of Arts (Great Britain)
Hardcover: 160 Pages (1997-02)
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In 1831 Old London Bridge was demolished following the construction of Sir John Rennie's replacement structure. Begun in 1176, it was the first stone bridge to have been erected across the Thames and until 1763 it had boasted a famous parade of shops and houses on either side of a narrow thoroughfare. Throughout Europe whole communities were supported by such habitable bridges. The last bridge of this type to be built in Britain was Pulteney Bridge constructed in Bath in 1773. This work examines the contribution that habitable bridges have made to city life from the Middle Ages to the present day. The history and construction of major inhabited bridges in Europe, the Middle East and America are discussed in detail. In Europe these include Old London Bridge, the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Venice's Rialto Bridge and the Pont de Notre Dame in Paris. One section of the book is devoted to presenting the seven shortlisted entries in a competition to design a habitable bridge for London, spanning the Thames from Temple Gardens on the North Bank to the area in front of London Weekend Television building in the south.Among the entries is one by Daniel Libeakind, originator of the "boiler house" proposal for the extension to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Four pages are accorded to the winning entry in the competition. ... Read more

5. Un Studio: Erasmus Bridge: Source Books in Architecture
by Todd Gannon
Paperback: 176 Pages (2004-03-01)
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Asin: B003156DWU
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Source Books in Architecture is a new series focusing on new single works by significant architects. Sponsored by Ohio State University, the series reveals the architectural motivations and techniques behind each building. The Source Books document each work with sketches, models, renderings, working drawings, and photographs at a level of detail that allows complete and careful study of the project from its conception to the completion of design and construction--the musical score to the architect's symphony. The graphic component is accompanied by commentary from the architect and critics to further explore both the technical and cultural content of the work. UN Studio/Erasmus Bridge explores the eponymous Rotterdam bridge that brought UN Studio, the Dutch firm of Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos, into the architectural spotlight. This volume features extensive photographic documentation by Hans Jurgen Commerell. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Crown Jewel Of Rotterdam
This book, the fourth in the 'Source Books in Architecture' series sponsored by Ohio State (Knowlton School of Architecture), is the best coverage to date of the stunning Erasmus Bridge project in Rotterdam. Largely the brainchild of gifted young architects Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos, the Erasmus Bridge has now totally captivated the cityscape of Rotterdam, and has endeared itself to modern architecture aficionados everywhere. Personally, this is my favorite bridge of the twentieth century.

This book is essentially a monograph, lavishly illustrated in color that details conceptualization, design fabrication, and assembly of this modern marvel. Extensive interviews with van Berkel enlighten readers to the inner workings of the process and creative considerations that went into the Erasmus Bridge.

The book has many sectional and elevation views and hundreds of illuminating photographs to address details of construction in any level of detail that any reader might wish to see. The most interesting chapter in the book to me was on the design and assembly of the asymmetrical central pylon, although the bascule bridge and lighting chapters are also standouts. In particular, the calculations that went into the folding section of the bascule bridge, which actually leans toward Noordereiland when raised due to the unusual angular construction of the bridge, are stunning achievements in architectural design and engineering.

The entire book is framed by the political, economic, and social impacts that the bridge has had on the people of Rotterdam, and the bridge as a stand alone work of art. I plan on a visit to Rotterdam next year to examine the amazing collection of modern architecture to be found there, of which the Erasmus Bridge is the surely crown jewel. Well done Ben van Berkel for building such a magnificent structure, and thank you Todd Gannon for bringing this valuable book to us. ... Read more

6. Bridges (Masterpieces of Architecture)
by Lionel Browne
Hardcover: 80 Pages (1998-11-01)
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Asin: 188090862X
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Filled with spectacular color photos and intriguing detail, these informative books belong in the library of every student of architecture.

A tribute to engineering feats that blend beauty and utility, with dazzling images of the world's most spectacular bridges. ... Read more

7. Design of Highway Bridges: An LRFD Approach
by Richard M. Barker, Jay A. Puckett
Hardcover: 1032 Pages (2006-11-28)
list price: US$175.00 -- used & new: US$134.54
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Asin: 0471697583
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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The up-to-date guide to applying theory and specifications to real-world highway bridge design

Design of Highway Bridges, Second Edition offers detailed coverage of engineering basics for the design of short- and medium-span bridges. Based on the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) LRFD Bridge Design Specifications, it is an excellent engineering resource. This updated edition features:
* Expanded coverage of structural analysis, including axle and lane loads, along with new numerical analytic methods and approaches
* Dozens of worked problems, primarily in Customary U.S. units, that allow techniques to be applied to real-world problems and design specifications
* Revised AASHTO steel bridge design guidelines that reflect the simplified approach for plate girder bridges
* The latest information on concrete bridges, including new minimum reinforcement requirements, and unbonded tendon stress at ultimate and losses for prestressed concrete girders
* Information on key bridge types, selection principles, and aesthetic issues
* Problems and selected references for further study
* And more

From gaining quick familiarity with the AASHTO LRFD specifications to seeking broader guidance on highway bridge design--this is the one-stop, ready reference that puts information at your fingertips. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Snail Service
It took almost 21 days to receive the order, i.e., a book. That is a SNAIL SERVICE. No satisfaction to the customer!

2-0 out of 5 stars Fundamental knowledge of bridge design
It only covers fundamental knowledge of bridge design, and basic bridge members designs. It does not cover the whole superstruacture design. It may not be a good book for practical structural engineers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Vilaysak SAYAKOUMMANE
Excellent book for a fundamental and intermidate knowledge of Bridge Design for Small & Middle Spans. Very suitable for both Junior and Senior Students, and Practical Engineers as well. ... Read more

8. Atlas of Vernacular Architecture of the World
by Marcel Vellinga, Paul Oliver, Alexander Bridge
Hardcover: 160 Pages (2008-03-18)
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The first world atlas ever compiled on vernacular architecture, this comprehensive work illustrates the variety and ingenuity of the world’s vernacular building traditions from a multi-disciplinary, cross-cultural and comparative approach, using over sixty world and regional maps.

Mapping such diverse aspects as materials and resources, technologies, structural systems, symbolism, forms and service systems on a cross-cultural and comparative basis, the Atlas of Vernacular Architecture of the World reveals the distribution, diversity and relationships of the world’s vernacular building traditions. Indicating geographical patterns, developments, lacunae and anomalies, it gives rise to new insights and understandings, stimulating new hypotheses, questions and research efforts.

Augmenting the award-winning Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World, the Atlas of Vernacular Architecture of the World constitutes a unique and unparalleled resource for anyone involved in the growing field of vernacular architecture studies, including architects, geographers, art historians, planners, folklorists, conservationists, builders, and anthropologists as well as being of use to all those working in the fields of heritage conservation, architecture, regeneration, energy efficient building, resources management, development and sustainability.

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9. The Architecture of Bridges
by Elizabeth B. Mock
 Paperback: 128 Pages (1972-01)
list price: US$24.95
Isbn: 0405015682
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10. Transport, Engineering and Architecture
by Hugh Collis
Hardcover: 240 Pages (2003-11-20)
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Asin: 0750677481
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Transport, Engineering and Architecture is the second book in a series which explores the relationship between engineering and architecture. Divided into chapters devoted to themes such as planning transport systems, bridges, airport and aviation, this book helps today's engineers and architects meet the ongoing challenges of a fast moving and expanding business.

Since the nineteenth century and the arrival of mass travel, the need for transport architecture has spawned some of the most impressive structures of recent times. As all forms of travel - air, rail, road and water - continue to expand, the ever-growing numbers of passengers and carriers moving around the world present new tests for architects and engineers. The book is produced in association with Arup, the largest firm of consulting engineers in the world.

* Unique focus on areas where there is close connection between architecture and engineering
* Detailed technical information is a practical aid to understanding the concepts involved
* High profile case studies illustrate themes and inspire future projects ... Read more

11. Santiago Calatrava The Bridges (Universe Architecture Series)
by Alexander Tzonis, Rebecca Caso Donadei
Paperback: 240 Pages (2005-11-01)
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Asin: 0789313456
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Renowned for being a universal designer, Santiago Calatrava has been a singular force in reviving an excitement for construction technology and infrastructure projects. Over the last two decades, Calatrava revolutionized the idea of bridges from utilitarian, mechanical instruments into elegant objects that enhance the sense of place and community of their settings. More than thirty celebrated bridges are featured here in drawings and full-color photography, including never-before-published projects such as the Woodall Rodgers Bridge in Dallas, the Sundial Bridge in Redding, California, as well as bridges in Barcelona, Bilbao, Buenos Aires, Jerusalem, Manchester, the Netherlands, Orléans, Paris, Seville, and Valencia. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars nice photography, weak presentation
..extraordinary bridges deserve extraordoniary presentation and analysis...unfortunately that is not the case with this book...Anyway,i congratulate author for the work and effort oncompleting and presentation of all bridges that calatrava designed to date,.. but as structural engineer my biggest remark is that bridges are presented more as architectural creations than as structural/civil, what they really are..There is no analysis on structural inventions, exploration on structural details,bearing systems etc...because the 'illusion of instability',above all, is what makes calatrava unique bridge designer...

4-0 out of 5 stars Stunning photography, amazing bridges
I'm not an architect, but I do appreciate great architecture - and this is a really beautiful book with lots of high-quality photographs of Calatrava's work worldwide.It's a study in how good architecture can fit into - and enhance - a site's natural setting.And it's just a great book to peruse.Perfect for the coffee table or the architect's bookshelf.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing, both for Architects and Engineers.
Wonderful bridge designs that entertain both fields of asthethics and engineering. It proves that there still is design in civil architecture. ... Read more

12. Famous Bridges Of The World: Measuring Length, Weight, And Volume (Powermath)
by Yolonda Maxwell
Paperback: 32 Pages (2005-01)
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Asin: 1404251375
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13. Bridges (True Books : Buildings and Structures)
by Elaine Landau
Paperback: 48 Pages (2000-08)
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Asin: 0516273132
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Ideal for today's young investigative reader, each A True Book includes lively sidebars, a glossary and index, plus a comprehensive "To Find Out More" section listing books, organizations, and Internet sites. A staple of library collections since the 1950s, the new A True Book series is the definitive nonfiction series for elementary school readers. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Quick Introduction to Ponting
I believe this is well suited to the middle school level; those who can pronounce the words and consider the subject.
I will present this to my grandchildren who are now ready to be converted into "pontists" (French for "bridgers"-those who will seek out bridges on their journeys, and are avid collectors of bridge books, albums, post cards, articles from periodicals, texts, etc.) No crayoning or food dropping allowed or dragging around like Linus's blanket.
At the very least pontists will go miles out of their way to view and often photograph bridges of all sorts; in the US alone, in addition to the famous bridges of the Hudson River Valley and New York area, one should see the high arches of the New River Gorge in West Virginia, the Navajo Bridge in New Mexico, the Pecos bridge in Texas, the Golden Gate and the Bay bridges, and other west coast bridges including the Bixby Bridge, a concrete arch on the Coastal Highway just south of Monterey, near the Hearst Castle; often photographed for auto commercials.
And Finally Portland, Oregon ands Seattle-the Cities of Bridges, and the great Mackinac bridge of Michigan.
Add the Canadian bridges over the St. Lawrence, and you will have years of traveling before you.
And to think the whole thing started for me with David Plowden's mighty work,Bridges: The Spans of North America back in the seventies.
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14. Bridges: A History of the World's Most Famous and Important Spans
by Judith Dupre
Hardcover: 128 Pages (1997-01-10)
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Asin: 1884822754
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Written by the same author/designer team who produced Skyscrapers, this book is a spectacle of stone, steel, wood and concrete portrayed in a unique and imposing size--page spreads open up to a full yard. All the world's great bridges are dazzlingly presented and described, from the ancient Roman Pont du Gard to London's Tower Bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Tsing Ma Suspension Bridge in Hong Kong. 200 photos.Amazon.com Review
In her follow-up to Skyscrapers, Judith Dupré has taken her initial concept and turned it on its side. Bridges,like its predecessor, is a large-format hardcover book that opens to animpressive span a yard across. The format lends itself well to thematerial, displaying the many exquisite panoramic shots of bridges in full splendor. The impressive black-and-white photographs convey the majesty, elegance, and beauty of these structures.

Bridges is more than a picture book, however. Dupré presents a chronological collection of more than 45 bridges, from early Roman aqueducts to the most recent accomplishments of this century. Each bridge is accompanied by text that, together with the photos, provides the reader with informative background, anecdotes, and cultural and historical context. For fact seekers, the relevant names and numbers are readily accessible. For the parents of inquisitive children, "cantilever" will roll from the tongue as easily as "tension" and "torsion."

Dupré quietly proclaims in her introduction, "The unassuming poetry of bridges reveals itself to those who would see them." The author manages toconvey this very poetry by giving us the tools to understand the power and grace of the bridge. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Impressive Views ofthe Most Important and Notable Spans
Bridges: A History of the World's Most Famous and Important Spans
this book is not a comprehensive coverage of bridging history nor of engineering development; it is something far more than a routine catalog either.
It aspires to more than those goals.
Instead it intends to show major works through the centuries. The format is double landscape so that each structure ia covered on two facing pages equivalent to that of four standard 11 x 8 1/2 landscape format. This format allows the widest possible imagery to be used. Since many modern bridges have no walkways or perhaps one day a year for a bridge walk, these views can seldom be experienced by the every-day passerby or the enthusiast.
All in all it fulfills its goals of inspiring and encouraging the enthusiast while highlighting the major works through the centuries.

5-0 out of 5 stars Magical books
I had a copy of this book in 2000 and lent it to a friend, but could not remember who.I found it when visiting the USA for the first time.It is simply the most magical and beautiful book in my collection, and from the front cover picture on the Internet, purchasers cannot see that it opens out and spans very very wide, just like a bridge in itself.I missed this book terribly, it is one of my treasures, so I was delighted recently to find that I could still buy it on Amazon.It will never be lent out again! I love the black and white photographs of all the world's most interesting bridges.Anyone would learn a great deal from it, and architects and surveyors would find it fascinating.

5-0 out of 5 stars So often we don't even realize what we're driving on
Every day we traverse bridges in our daily lives, scarcely to give them thought. Dupre pulls back the veil and brings highlight to these engineering feats. From the simple to the revolutionary, we are brought on a tour of bridges through time, and around the globe. The superlatives are here: the longest suspension bridge, highest, oldest. But it's not a book about the superlative; it's about what moves us forward in our quest for technology, and for our ability to move across space in a timely manner. It highlights those bridges that mean something to us: where the Romans said "let's make a permanent way of moving water." Where politics came into play and tried to prevent bridges that we can't imagine not being there like the Golden Gate Bridge. Bridges become important to history such as the ones over the Rhine during the World War. And sometimes when we make mistakes and things don't work out like we planned - the most spectacular example being the Tacoma Narrows Bridge that lasted all of 4 months.

But as she shows in her book "Skyscrapers," there is an intertwining of form and function, and where man built up in buildings, he builds out via bridges. The book's design even emphasizes - where Skyscrapers was an extremely tall and thin book, Bridges goes for width, to try and bring the spans into the range of the printed page. Yet so often, the task is not possible, and even on the wide pages the bridge disappears into the distance.

The book looks at the engineering involved, but does not dwell on it. Rather it celebrates how the improvement of engineering practices have been able to move man forward. A veritable love poem to something that we often take too much for granted.

5-0 out of 5 stars "Bridges" "Skyscrapers" "Churches"
"Bridges" was the first of the uniquely-designed, well-written books by Judith Dupre' that I discovered."Skyscrapers" then became a 'must-have' and now I'm eagerly awaiting publication of her "Churches" - these books contain marvelous black and white photo collections of subjects around the world, with a succinct and intriguing text about each.They invite repeated perusals, and I keep them, in their handsome jackets, where I can see and enjoy them again and again.Often, when I have a few moments, I like to reflect on the historical descriptions of these wonderous man-made miracles and re-study the photos. Of special interest may be the structures which one in fact has seen, perhaps many times.The books are well-indexed and provided with suggestions for further reading.

3-0 out of 5 stars A bridge lover
I was a little disappointed in this book in that it really doesn't get into much detail about any of the bridges which are discussed.It's more of a "coffe table" book without out much informative depth.Nothing to really sink your teeth into.However, if you're not already familiar with any of the bridges covered in the book, or you're not a nut for bridges, then this book is a great introduction to a few of the most beautiful bridges to be seen.One neat thing that I did really like is that it is a very wide book which allows you a little better perspective of the true size of some of the bridges - you get long pictures instead of little ones of each bridge.That was kind of cool!My 5 yr old son loves "reading" this book to me! ... Read more

15. Brooklyn Bridge: Fact and Symbol (Phoenix Book; P828)
by Alan Trachtenberg
Paperback: 216 Pages (1979-07-15)
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Fourteen of Walker Evans's evocative photographs of Brooklyn Bridge, most of which have never been published, appear in this edition of Alan Trachenberg's Brooklyn Bridge: Fact and Symbol. In the new afterword Trachenberg explores the history of Hart Crane's The Bridge, especially the poem's integral relationship with the powerful photography of Evans.

"[Brooklyn Bridge] is familiar in so many movies, in so many stage sets and, as Mr. Trachtenberg shows in this brilliant . . . book, it is at least as much a symbol as a reality. . . . Mr. Trachtenberg is always exciting and illuminating."—Times Literary Supplement 

"The book is a skillful and insightful synthesis of materials about Brooklyn Bridge from such diverse fields as history, engineering, literature and art. Essentially it asks the question of why Brooklyn Bridge achieved such great impact on the nineteenth century American imagination and why it has continued to have a significant impact on twentieth century art and literature. In addition to its exploration of the bridge's symbolic significance, which includes perceptive analyses of such particular works as Hart Crane's great poem cycle and the paintings of artists like Joseph Stella, the book also includes a solidly researched account of the conception, planning and construction of the bridge. Trachtenberg's account of the intellectual and cultural sources of the bridge is particularly fascinating in its demonstration of the convergence of many different philosophical and ideological currents of the time around this great engineering enterprise, illustrating as effectively as any discussion I know the complex interplay of ideas and material culture."—John G. Cawelti, University of Chicago

"Alan Trachtenberg's Brooklyn Bridge is a fascinating story, the philosophic genesis of the idea in Europe, John Roebling's heroic effort to translate it into masonry and steel, and the meanings that Americans attached to the physical object as an emblem of their aspirations."—Leo Marx, Amherst College, author of The Machine in the Garden
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16. Calatrava Bridges (Architecture & Design S.)
by Tzonis & caso donadei
Paperback: 272 Pages (2005)

Isbn: 0500285799
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17. Essential New York: A Guide to the History and Architecture of Manhattan's Important Buildings, Parks, and Bridges
by John, Tauranac
 Paperback: Pages (1979-06)
list price: US$8.95
Isbn: 003042626X
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18. Safety of historical stone arch bridges
by Dirk Proske, Pieter van Gelder
Hardcover: 366 Pages (2009-10-27)
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Asin: 3540776168
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Historical stone arch bridges are still a major part of the infrastructure in many countries. Although this type of bridge has proven to be an efficient construction type, it often poses the problem of insufficient numerical models of the load bearing behavior. Therefore the book introduces methods to adapt life loads and introduces different types of numerical models of the load resistance respectively. The book continues with the introduction of specific damages and strengthening techniques. The book particularly focuses on the probabilistic safety assessment of historical arch bridges, for which often only limited material and structural data is available.

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19. Pittsburgh's Bridges: Architecture and Engineering
by Walter C. Kidney
Hardcover: 234 Pages (1999-07)
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Asin: 091667021X
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Interesting Selection of Majoe Structures
This book's quarto landscape format enables the many illustrations to be printed in fine detail. Almost all are historicphoto images gleaned from the files of state, county and city engineering and design bureaus. These were originally done for record purposes to document newly built structures.
Several pages are devoted to each selected major structure. Yet this is more than a picture book. The author. due to his long experience with such work, is able to succintly discuss each selected structure and its hisstory.
My only criticism is the omission of major bridges built from the late forties on. These innovative and spectacular post World War II bridges deserve memoirialization in this format. The new bridges built at the Point consequent to the rebuilding of a erstwhile junky and confused urban mess by parks and spectacular high rise buildings are the most obvious omission.
I grew up in in the zone of influence of Pittsburgh in the forties in the city of Franklin located to the north in the Alleghany valley. ( The other close by industrisl cities of Cleveland snd Youngstown were just places vaguely located to the west, somewhere "over there") I learned to read adult publications with the aid of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Thus I became aware very early on in my life of the rebuildng of the Point and downtown, and the elimination of the smoke menace by forbidding the burning of coal for power, manufacturing, and steam locomotives. Through the years I have kept up with developments there even after we left in 1953.
Such spectacular structures as the I 79 Bridge across the Ohio just north across the Beaver County line, the accesses to the stadium on the North Side,snd the handsome replacements for the ancient junky jumble of miscelaneous railroad snd street bridges at the Point, and the replacement for the weak and inadequate, spindly Sewickley highway bridge are not included as they were all built post World War II.
One may hope that the author does a volume covering the last fifty plus years continuing his excellent studies up to the millenium at least.
(Just to be thorough, also do cover other major infrastructure components: the road and rail tunnels, the new busway and the light rail system to the South Hills). ... Read more

20. John Soane and the Wooden Bridges of Switzerland: Architecture and the Culture of Technology from Palladio to Grubenmanns (Cataloghi)
 Paperback: 240 Pages (2003-05)

Isbn: 8887624240
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