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Robert Maillart: Bridges and Constructions (Max Bill)

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Editor: Max Bill
Publisher: Pall Mall Press, London
Publication: 1969, Third Edition
Binding: Hardcover, section sewn
Pages: 184
Size: 220 x 220
Text: English, French, German

(Preface) 'This book comprehensively surveys the work of Robert Maillart (1872-1940), the talented Swiss construction-engineer, particularly well-known for his ingenious bridge designs. Far-reaching developments in bridge construction using reinforced concrete have taken place since the first edition of this book appeared in 1948. Reinforced concrete is being used in new ways which allow for different structures, both functionally and aesthetically.

Today, we are deeply conscious of Maillart's pioneering activity, not only from the purely constructional point of view, but also as a designer of exceptional talent, the originator of ambitious schemes for bridges and other constructions. In Maillart's bridges, the roadways or railways are no longer loads supported by arches, they become integral parts of the bridge itself, serving a constructional function so that there is a great saving of material and a greater degree of safety. The concrete takes high compressive stresses and can be poured in any form; the steel reinforcing is stressed in tension and is stiffened by the surrounding concrete. Maillart was one of the first to recognize the potential of both materials used in this way, and this has assured him a leading place amongst the construction engineers of all time. The illustrations in this book, depicting the wide range of his work, give ample evidence of his far-sighted genius.'

Condition: Very Good. All titles are used and show shelf ware consistent with age. Dust jacket protected within mylar sleeve, shows signs of light edge wear with small chip to head and foot of spine, otherwise clean and bright. Tanning to interior pages throughout. Please contact me for further information on condition.

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