Form and Function: Expression of Truth/Beauty

 

Project Statement: This project shows a relationship between the function use and the aesthetic design. The goal was to design a bridge structure spanning a total of 190 feet across a body of water without placing footings into the water. It must allow a 30 wide by 40 opening to allow a boat to pass through. The structural elements must only have a maximum length of 15 feet. A combination of pulleys, gears and a hinge was used to make the bridge function and allow a boat to pass. These functions helped transform the original prototype arch bridge into a new structure.

 

Span Prototypes and Movement Analogies

Combinations Table

Preliminary Designs

Final Design