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As math infiltrates design...

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Bridges. Bridges are a beautiful integration of mathematics and design. They need to be structurally sound, but the possibilities are endless. They are not simply extensions of roads across open space. They are expressions of that space and give meaning and definition to both the mass and the void. Though engineering is a very integral part of bridge construction, architecture is also an important component as the form is as important as the function. Math is used in both these realms, to both make a sound structure and to make it pleasing to the eye. In the images above, the more traditional suspension bridge is full of mathematical calculations, from the arch of the road bed, to the span of the supporting line, to the design of the towers. It is clear that design is an integral part of bridge construction in the fact that there are so many various bridge designs. Though an arc or semi-circle may provide the most even and reliable support, the manifestations of this singular concept span the design spectrum.

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