Shaping Forces: the symbiotic relation between structure and architecture

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    Over the past two decades architects are finding their way into the bridge design practice. Ever since the 90’s we have seen an exponential growth of the involvement of architects in bridge design. Many beautiful and well integrated designs have been realized all over the world, but an equal amount of farfetched bridge designs have seen the light of day.
    What are the key design considerations to achieve a beautiful and yet structurally sound bridge? Does a structure always need to follow the most efficient form, according to the laws of mechanics and of finance? Or is there such a thing as symbiosis between Form and Force, a way of working that ensures that the final result becomes greater than the sum of its parts?
    Best practices in bridge design from the authors architectural office demonstrate the belief that structure and architecture are involved in a symbiotic relationship. One cannot be successful without the other. Just how this successful interaction is achieved is the subject of this paper.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationIABSE Symposium Report, IABSE Symposium Vancouver 2017
    Subtitle of host publicationEngineering the Future
    PublisherInternational Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering
    Number of pages6
    Publication statusPublished - 21 Sep 2017
    Event39th IABSE Symposium: Engineering the Future - Vancouver, Canada
    Duration: 21 Sep 201723 Sep 2017
    Conference number: 39

    Publication series

    NameIABSE Symposium Report
    ISSN (Print)2221-3783


    Conference39th IABSE Symposium
    Abbreviated titleIABSE Vancouver 2017
    Internet address


    • Architecture
    • Bridge design
    • Structural design
    • Optimization
    • Concrete
    • Navel bridges Nieuwe Vennep


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