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Whether built of wood, stone, iron, steel, or concrete, bridges have captivated our imaginations more than any other man-made structures. In David Plowden's words, "there is no more overt, powerful, or rational expression of accomplishment?of man's ability to build." And Americans, in particular, have excelled in this structural art.

This book explores in depth how, when, where, and by whom the most important North American bridges were built. Over 185 of Plowden's superb photographs allow us to dwell on the most important scientific and aesthetic qualities of each bridge. In addition, Plowden has included original designs and drawings of structures?some unbuilt, gone, or dramatically altered?illuminating less obvious aspects of these engineering marvels and introducing us to bridges we otherwise would never have seen. In his extensive text, Plowden vividly records the discoveries, misconceptions, struggles, failures, and triumphs of the men who dedicated their energies to bridge design and construction.

In the more than twenty-five years since this classic book was first published, bridges have been lost, and others have been built; some of the best examples of new bridges are included in this new, revised edition. All the photographs have been reprinted to achieve the best duotone reproduction. With this new edition, Bridges is the most thorough and beautiful volume ever published on the subject?a passionate and powerful argument for our continued reverence of these wonderful structures.

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This work explores in depth how, when, where and by whom the most important North American bridges were built, and, with David Plowden's photographs, focuses on their most important engineering and aesthetic qualities.

Synopsis:

Whether built of stone, brick, wood, iron, steel, or concrete, bridges have captivated our imaginations more than any other man-made structures.

Synopsis:

In David Plowden's words, "there is no more overt, powerful, or rational expression of accomplishment — of man's ability to build." And Americans, in particular, have excelled in this structural art. Bridges explores in depth how, when, where, and by whom the most important North American bridges were built, and, with Plowden's superb photographs, we can dwell on their most important engineering and aesthetic qualities. In his extensive text, Plowden vividly records the discoveries, misconceptions, struggles, failures, and triumphs of the men who dedicated their energies to bridge design and construction. Plans of many of the bridges are included to illuminate less obvious aspects of these engineering marvels.<P>A number of the bridges herein have been lost and more have been built since. But this volume remains the most beautiful and powerful argument for our continued reverence for these wonderful structures.

About the Author

David Plowden's photographs have been widely exhibited. Among his nineteen books are A Time of Trains, The End of an Era, and Imprints. He lives in Winnetka, Illinois.

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ISBN:
9780393050561
Author:
Plowden, David
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Location:
New York
Subject:
History - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
North America
Subject:
Public, Commercial, or Industrial Buildings
Subject:
Bridges
Subject:
Architectural & Industrial
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Buildings - Public, Commercial & Industrial
Subject:
Bridges -- North America.
Subject:
Architecture-Types
Edition Number:
Rev. ed.
Edition Description:
Revised Edition
Series Volume:
106-767
Publication Date:
20020631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Over 185 photographs
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
10.5 x 12.1 x 1.5 in 4.555 lb

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Product details 328 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393050561 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This work explores in depth how, when, where and by whom the most important North American bridges were built, and, with David Plowden's photographs, focuses on their most important engineering and aesthetic qualities.
"Synopsis" by , Whether built of stone, brick, wood, iron, steel, or concrete, bridges have captivated our imaginations more than any other man-made structures.
"Synopsis" by , In David Plowden's words, "there is no more overt, powerful, or rational expression of accomplishment — of man's ability to build." And Americans, in particular, have excelled in this structural art. Bridges explores in depth how, when, where, and by whom the most important North American bridges were built, and, with Plowden's superb photographs, we can dwell on their most important engineering and aesthetic qualities. In his extensive text, Plowden vividly records the discoveries, misconceptions, struggles, failures, and triumphs of the men who dedicated their energies to bridge design and construction. Plans of many of the bridges are included to illuminate less obvious aspects of these engineering marvels.<P>A number of the bridges herein have been lost and more have been built since. But this volume remains the most beautiful and powerful argument for our continued reverence for these wonderful structures.
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