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May 4th, 2021
Virtual Meeting – Zoom platform
Times 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Engineer and Architect, Bridgescape, LLC
What are the roots of our aesthetic enjoyment of bridges? This presentation answers that question by first looking at what are the roots of our aesthetic enjoyment of other art forms, like painting and sculpture. From that base we will examine what makes the enjoyment of bridges different. Those differences explain the appeal of haunched girders, and the Swiss-Army knife appeal of formliners. The presentation will also explore means of improving the aesthetic appeal of bridge piers and towers and will conclude with an application of these ideas to the impending project to widen the American Legion Bridge over the Potomac River in Washington, D.C.
Fred Gottemoeller is considered America’s most distinguished expert on bridge aesthetics. Among his more than 30 bridges are crossings of the Colorado, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Potomac, and Niagara Rivers and a crossing of a World Heritage waterway, Canadas’s Rideau Canal, and his work on the Burns Bridge in Worcester, MA. Bridgescape, his book on bridge aesthetics, is a familiar reference for bridge designers. Now retired, Fred is continuing to share his ideas and knowledge through articles in bridge publications and by presentations like this.
Registration Deadline: Friday, April 30, 2021
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