Bridge (Reaktion Books - Objekt) by Peter Bishop

By Peter Bishop

Even if a humble string of planks swaying throughout a trickling move or the hovering towers of the Golden Gate Bridge, bridges are considered one of man’s nice engineering feats. Now in Bridge, Peter Bishop offers a complete historic account in their function within the development of human culture. From old Roman arches to the rail bridge of Lhasa to the suspension bridge over Niagara Falls, Bishop traverses the complete span of the globe to ascertain a variety of incarnations and their varied architectural kinds. The publication tackles quite a lot of matters, together with the layout and development of “mega-spans” corresponding to Hong Kong’s Tsing Ma Bridge; the vital function of bridges in railroad networks; and the social dynamics of sophistication and mobility that encompass city bridges in towns equivalent to ny. Drawing upon assets in artwork, politics, technology, philosophy, and the media, Bishop argues that the cultural which means of bridges at the present time revolves round the suggestion 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 learn, Bridge will have interaction fans of making plans, structure, and layout alike.

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54 Within an overall structure of movement the bridge gives visible form to this rhythm of separating and connecting. The bridge as a technology Obviously a study of bridges must engage with the idea of technology. 56 He uses the example of a power station on the Rhine – a complex assemblage of various technologies that reveal the river Rhine in a very specific way, very different from, for example, Bridge over the Rhine at Coblenz, c. 1890–1900. 42 myth or poetry. Similarly, a bridge, whether ancient or modern, over the Rhine provides another way in which the river is revealed.

Its transportation function is then superseded by a tunnel built using nanotechnology. A range of dispossessed people have illegally taken over the bridge. They are alienated or just excluded from the mainstream culture where inequalities of power and wealth have reached grotesque proportions and where fear and decadence run side by side. A vast squatter community, a shanty town full of vitality, emerges. A full range of technologies, both modern and postmodern, are used by the bridge community but in ways that are ad hoc and grassroot.

Tony, the young working-class Italian-American protagonist, is uncomfortable with the glamorous Manhattan over the bridge. Brooklyn Bridge is portrayed as a no-go zone that separates social and ethnic groups. Tony and his gang feel more comfortable with Verrazano Narrows Bridge connecting Brooklyn to Staten Island and that is the one they use. The two bridges are referred to constantly, both visually and in dialogue, as symbols of dreams, hopes, memories and anxieties. Bridge as crossing In the context of pilgrimage the Sanskrit word Tirtha means a crossing, both geographical and symbolically.

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