Bridges are among an engineer’s most fascinating projects, even when they are not major items of transport infrastructure. As an engineer and architect, Marc Mimram has completed a great many large and small bridges as well as other projects with complex loadbearing structures. In the interview, the trained mathematician, engineer, architect and philosopher explains his approach and stresses the importance he sees in responsible engagement with the existing situation.
All the projects in this issue make clear how structural engineering has a considerable influence on the architecture and the urban design impact of buildings. In the case of the stadium in Nice, the undulating form of its hybrid structure in glued laminated timber and steel makes reference to the surrounding hilly countryside. The reserved appearance of the steel structure in the Netherlands, on the other hand, creates a spacious, well-lit, column-free hall to act as the communicative heart of the building.
With the office high-rise in Turin by Renzo Piano, the engineering structure shimmers as a defining design element through the transparent facade. In the final case study, the designers of the Collier Memorial at MIT in Cambridge, USA, explain why the keystone was place first before any of the other massive granite blocks.