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“Footbridge 2008” Conference in Porto

“Footbridge 2008” Conference in Porto rope, presented papers on what is happening in the realm of footbridges today. Fortunately, there were not too many presentations, which allowed time for plenary sessions and only partially parallel sessions. This gave the full-time attendee a chance to listen at least to a greater part of all the lectures. The conference proceedings contain a total of some 140 papers that constitute a fair overview of the state of the art of footbridge design, ranging from Calatrava’s 20 million glass beauty in Venice to more humble but reproducible structures. Many footbridges, often becoming a test-bed for larger structures, stem from design competitions and more than one paper dealt with that subject. Cezary Bednarski, well known for his equally controversial and entertaining presentations, reported on a footbridge competition where a clearly unbuildable structure had won, thus stressing the importance of professional juries. Luckily, the discussions on engineer bridges versus architect bridges are over. The statement “Die Baukunst ist unteilbar” (the art of building cannot be divided) seems to have become common ground. But looking at today’s so-called landmark and signature bridges, the question of how far we should go remains. There were lively and fruitful discussions between bridge purists: http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Steel Construction: Design and Research Wiley

“Footbridge 2008” Conference in Porto

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
"Copyright © 2008 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company"
ISSN
1867-0520
eISSN
1867-0539
DOI
10.1002/stco.200890015
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Abstract

rope, presented papers on what is happening in the realm of footbridges today. Fortunately, there were not too many presentations, which allowed time for plenary sessions and only partially parallel sessions. This gave the full-time attendee a chance to listen at least to a greater part of all the lectures. The conference proceedings contain a total of some 140 papers that constitute a fair overview of the state of the art of footbridge design, ranging from Calatrava’s 20 million glass beauty in Venice to more humble but reproducible structures. Many footbridges, often becoming a test-bed for larger structures, stem from design competitions and more than one paper dealt with that subject. Cezary Bednarski, well known for his equally controversial and entertaining presentations, reported on a footbridge competition where a clearly unbuildable structure had won, thus stressing the importance of professional juries. Luckily, the discussions on engineer bridges versus architect bridges are over. The statement “Die Baukunst ist unteilbar” (the art of building cannot be divided) seems to have become common ground. But looking at today’s so-called landmark and signature bridges, the question of how far we should go remains. There were lively and fruitful discussions between bridge purists:

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Steel Construction: Design and ResearchWiley

Published: Sep 1, 2008

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