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The Art of Structural Engineering: Bridges

Princeton University via edX

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Overview

In this engineering course you will learn how to analyze bridges from three perspectives:

  1. Efficiency = calculations of forces/stresses
  2. Economy = evaluation of societal context and cost
  3. Elegance = form/appearance based on engineering principles, not decoration

With a focus on some significant bridges built since the industrial revolution, the course illustrates how engineering is a creative discipline and can become art. We also show the influence of the economic and social context in bridge design and the interplay between forces and form.

This is the first of three courses on the Art of Structural Engineering, each of which are independent of each other. The two other courses will be on tall buildings/towers and vaults.

No certificates, statements of accomplishment, or other credentials will be awarded in connection with this course.

Syllabus

Week 1: Introduction to Structural Art
Week 2: The Origins of Structural Art: British Metal Forms
Week 3: John Roebling and the Brooklyn Bridge
Week 4: Othmar Ammann and (some of) his Bridges of NYC
Week 5: The Golden Gate Bridge
Week 6: Robert Maillart and Reinforced Concrete Bridges
Week 7: Origins of Prestressing: Freyssinet, Magnel, and Finsterwalder
Week 8: New Bridge Forms: Christian Menn
Week 9: The Politics and Art of Spanish Bridge Design

Taught by

Maria Garlock

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Anonymous
5.0 2 years ago
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Professor Maria Garlock ("Maria") was outstanding in her Delivery of the MOOC: The Art of Structural Engineering: Bridges. Salient Points are Noted.

1. For a Lehigh and Cornell graduate, she delivers 10 times her weight in Gold Nuggets. i.e. New ideas, fresh examples, clear illustrations, teaching Civil engineering to a vast audience of students. I was not disappointed. After Week 1, I wondered if I could stay in the Class, and stick with it ? I did. I kept it to 3 hours of study a week.

2. She is entertaining, and is a master of Coordination. She used the…
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Anonymous
2.0 3 months ago
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It is already clear that the concept of structural art is an outdated concept..Efficiency, economy etc as defining parameters of "structural art" concept are in fact discouraging for creating real structural artistry..A much more realistic and elaborated view on structural art concept deficiencies is given in the book Towards a New Engineering by M.Llunji..which i think should be read before starting this course
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