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Whether a humble string of planks swaying throughout a trickling circulate or the hovering towers of the Golden Gate Bridge, bridges are certainly one of man’s nice engineering feats. Now in Bridge, Peter Bishop presents a entire historic account in their function within the development of human culture.
 
From historical Roman arches to the rail bridge of Lhasa to the suspension bridge over Niagara Falls, Bishop traverses the complete span of the globe to check a number of incarnations and their varied architectural kinds. The publication tackles quite a lot of matters, together with the layout and building of “mega-spans” reminiscent of Hong Kong’s Tsing Ma Bridge; the critical position of bridges in railroad networks; and the social dynamics of sophistication and mobility that encompass city bridges in towns akin to manhattan. Drawing upon resources in paintings, politics, technology, philosophy, and the media, Bishop argues that the cultural that means of bridges this present day revolves round the concept of increasing geographical claims, instead of connecting to others, and he explores the results of that concept for the longer term. a desirable and richly illustrated research, Bridge will have interaction fans of making plans, structure, and layout alike.

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