Bridge building and bridge conservation in agreement with the genius loci

Bühler, Dirk (2008) Bridge building and bridge conservation in agreement with the genius loci. In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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Abstract (in English)

Bridges ideally stand for the convergence of engineering landmarks and aesthetical attractions. But what's even more: bridges can be signs that reveal their meaning only by means of a skilful integration to their surrounding landscape or urban context. The appreciation of the spirit of place where bridge building happens is a substantial part for successful bridge design. The paper includes case studies of significant bridges and analyses essential observations on their formal and structural design along with their environmental adaptation, regarding the perception, reflection and incorporation of the “Genius Loci”. It suggests some rules how to reach, to conserve or even increase interaction and harmony between form, function and integration: the everlasting challenge for bridge planners. A plea is made for the valuation, protection and conservation of bridges within their environment, defending their unique charm.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Bühler, Dirk
Languages: English
Keywords: bridges; engineering works; spirit of place; intangible heritage; case studies
Subjects: O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 16. Industrial and technical heritage
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2010 15:28
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:12
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