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Christian Menn - Bridges

Christian Menn is one of the most renowned structural engineers in the world. He is known in particular for his remarkable bridges, such as the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge in Boston. This book is the first to document Menn’s work in detail, alongside his vision, philosophy, and thinking about design and engineering. Presenting around thirty of his designs—both built and unbuilt—via full-color photographs, plans, and drawings, the book celebrates Menn’s creative solutions to challenging engineering problems and his constant rethinking of the fundamentals of his profession. Menn’s own writings on his work are accompanied by essays from fellow engineer David P. Billington, scholar Werner Oechslin, writer Iso Camartin, and others, all of whom offer different takes on Menn’s achievement.

Providing rich insights into Menn’s lifetime in architecture and engineering, Christian Menn—Bridges will impress and inspire in equal parts.

320 pages | 120 color plates, 30 line drawings | 10 x 11 1/2 | © 2015

Architecture: European Architecture

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Table of Contents

Christian Menn: My philosophy of bridge design
Interview with Christian Menn
The influence of Robert Maillart and Othmar Ammann on Christian Menn

Projects by the Engineering Firm 1957-1971

1. Crestawald Bridge at Sufers
2/3. Cröt Bridge and Letziwald Bridge over the Avers Rhine at Avers
4. Grüne Bridge at Splügen
5. Bridge over the Rhine, Bad Ragaz
6. Bridge over the Rhine at Tamins
7. Nanin and Cascella Bridges at Mesocco
8. Salvanei Bridge at Mesocco
9. Viamala Bridge at Zillis
10. Isola Bridge at Zillis
11. Pregorda Bridge at Mesocco/Soazza
12.  Valserrhein Bridge between Uors and Surcasti
13. Swiss Federal Railways overpass at Buchs
14. Mühle Rickenbach Viaduct at Wil 
15. Bridge over the Limmat at Würenlos
16. Felsenau Bridge at Berne
Politics, History, Culture
Bridge building from the politician’s perspective
An ideal balance of harmony and elegance
On architecture in bridge building

Designs and Consultancy Projects after 1971

17. Ganter Bridge at Ried-Brig
18. Biaschina Viaduct at Giornico
19. Chandoline Bridge at Sion
20. Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge in Boston
21. Sunniberg Bridge, Klosters
22/23. Al Showah Island Bridges in Abu Dhabo
24. Bridge over Lake Grimsel at Guttannen
25. Hoover Dam bypass bridge
26. Peace Bridge, Buffalo
27. Reuss Bridge, Wassen
28. Visions. Bridges with spans of 3000 meters


Bridge stories


Biography Christian Menn
List of works
Project participants

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