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A Safe Endpoint Through The Fog: The George Washington Bridge

on Fri, 02/26/2016 - 04:58

Spanning across New York City’s Hudson River, the George Washington Bridge safely connects travelers crossing between New York and New Jersey states.  Not only is it the busiest bridge in the world, the George Washington Bridge is also home to the world’s largest free-flying American flag.  

“The George Washington Bridge is the most beautiful  bridge in the world”
– Le Corbusier, architect, designer & artist

In 1931, the George Washington Bridge completed—later the American Society of Civil Engineers dedicated it as a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. The bridge is a beautiful image of engineering advancement, and connects and transports over 300,000 individuals daily. 

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Engineering |Bridging the gap between art & engineering

Engineering is described as “discipline, practice, profession and art that relates to the development, acquisition and application of technical, scientific and mathematical knowledge about the understanding, design, development, invention, innovation and use of materials, machines, structures, systems and processes for specific purposes.”
–  Engineering: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities for Development, UNESCO Report 2010

When thinking of engineering and aesthetics, many famous American industrial designers and architects come to mind like Charles and Ray Eames, Frank Lloyd Wright and E. Fay Jones. Other prolific international innovators, who equally contributed to this field, include Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Luigi Colani, Naoto Fukasawa, Dieter Rams and so many more. Superseding national boundaries, the designers have all contributed to the beautifully constructed, simplified, and in some cases, affordable products that today's engineers continue to probe for aesthetical and technical developments. 

What are your thoughts on the increasing focus of aesthetic quality in engineering?  Tweet @EngVillage using #engineeringdesign with your thoughts. Also, use the Compendex database on the Engineering Village platform for more information on the subject. Input (((aesthetic) WN ALL) AND ((engineering education) WN ALL)) in Expert Search.

Thank you for reading this post in celebration of (U.S.) National Engineers Week.