Bridges and Infrastructures
Docomomo Journal 45 (2011/2)

Editors: Ana Tostões, Ivan Blasi

Guest editors: Kyo Takenouchi, Ola Wedebrunn

Keywords: Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern bridges, Modern infrastructures, Modern engineering.

The search on Bridges and Infrastructures has to do with a matter of connecting. To launch bridges seems to be a kind of life requirement, as far as it is the way to connect sides, which means improving relations and energies, desire and intelligence. Bridges and Infrastructures have the function of connecting pieces of land and the role of creating a connected world. The matter is to make links and establish a network. In fact, it is a global network made of works of art, which have a physical and material presence balancing between values such as economy and elegance and providing a better life for every man. Seeking audaciously for innovation, research contributes to these large scale structures as it has been improving material capacities and technical creation. It is a huge field that lay infinite possibilities for art and science to perceive changes of social, aesthetic, technical standards and norms.
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An Aesthetically Sublime Second Nature
Ana Tostões


Bridges and Infrastructure
Kyo Takenouchi, Ola Wedebrunn

Bridges of Modernity
Jürg Conzett

Robert Maillart’s Innovative Use of Concrete
Denis Zastavni

The Bridge Over the Lake: Spanning Across Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela
Hannia Gómez, Rino Montiel

The Work of Eugène Freyssinet: The Most Significant Bridges of his Career
Pierre Jartoux

Eduardo Torroja: The Alloz Aqueduct
Carlos García Vázquez

Structure and Form: The Theory of ‘Minimal Surfaces’ and the Bridge over the Basento River by Sergio Musmeci
Rinaldo Capomolla

Cable-Stayed Bridges: The Düsseldorf Bridge Family
Annette Bögle

Eïtai and Kiyosu Bridges over the Sumida: Japanese Bridge Design in the 1920s
Daijiro Kitagawa

Finding Modern Japanese Bridges: Stone, Wood and Steel
Norihide Imagawa, Shinsuke Suematsu

Cable Supported Bridges across Straits in Denmark
Niels Jørgen Gimsing

Sir Ove Arup: The Design of Bridges
Jørgen Nissen

Bridge of Dreams: The Penguin Pool, London Zoo
John Allan

Concrete’s Furthest North. Early 20th Century Heritage of Modern Civil Engineering in Iceland
Pétur H. Ármannsson

An Intriguing Work of Engineering and Architecture: The Collonnade Bridge in Piešt’any
Henrieta Moravčíková

Lincoln Park Passerelle: Rainbow Bridge
Tim Samuelson

Mizen Head Footbridge or ‘Building a Bridge, to Build a Bridge’
Kieran Ruane

Bridging the Gap
Mari Hvattum

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