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30 bridges
Wells, Matthew.
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Publication Information:
New York : Watson-Guptill Publications, [2002]

Physical Description:
191 pages : illustrations (some color), plans ; 24 x 30 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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TG300 .W44 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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This captivating reference analyzes 30 bridges around the world that show cutting-edge architectural and engineering trends. Each bridge is displayed in color while accompanying text and drawings demonstrate construction techniques.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

When a structural engineer sets out to write a book, one expects the results to be incomprehensibly technical. Not so with this dazzling survey of contemporary bridge building by British engineer Wells. A conviction that architects and engineers should be equal partners in bridge design has guided Wells's selection of 30 international cutting-edge examples of everything from urban pedestrian crossings to soaring mountain highways. Starting with a capsule history propounding his theory of progress in bridge construction from ancient times to the present, Wells moves on to profile each bridge in multipage spreads. An examination of each bridge's construction history, structural systems, and aesthetics is amply supplemented with photos, drawings, and plans. Wells assumes a readership versed in engineering basics and focuses on bridges built after the mid-1980s. Public libraries should first consider more general surveys such as David Bennett's The Creation of Bridges and Judith Dupr's Bridges: A History of the World's Most Famous and Important Spans. Wells's contribution is highly recommended for engineering, architecture, academic, and large public libraries. David Soltsz, Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Parma, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Wells's fascinating book traces bridge history over the centuries and then presents case studies of, as the title suggests, 30 bridges. The bridges discussed range from short-span pedestrian footbridges to major, long-span suspension bridges. There are examples of movable bridges; arch bridges; truss bridges; cable stayed bridges; bridges made of wood, steel, and concrete; bridges that are elegant, interesting (a folding bridge), odd (a modern one covered with tenting that resembles a caterpillar), and so forth. It is a treat just to look at the pictures, but then, with the text that accompanies each of the 30 case studies, one can delve deeper into the economics, planning, aesthetics, and engineering. Although a structural engineer may appreciate this book on one level, and city planners on another, anyone can pick up this book and be fascinated with the diversity, charm, and elegance of bridges. This book would make a fine addition to any library and would particularly interest those serving students of engineering, city planning, history, art, and architecture. All levels. H. I. Epstein University of Connecticut