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Dan Cruickshank's Bridges Heroic Designs That Changed the World by Dan Cruickshank

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Dan Cruickshank's Bridges Heroic Designs That Changed the World by Dan Cruickshank

Dan Cruickshank's personal, passionate and learned journey into the very awe-inspiring architectural icons which have transformed culture, society, industry and landscapes throughout the world - bridges. Bridges define places. Imagine San Francisco without the Golden Gate Bridge, Manhattan without the Brooklyn Bridge, or Sydney without Sydney Harbour Bridge. Not only this, but they are spectacles of engineering, and have influenced the development of cultures, economies, environments and lives in more ways than we can count. Now, Dan Cruickshank looks at what bridges mean to us, and draws on some of his personal favourites from all over the world to tell the story of their architectural, cultural and aesthetic influence. Chapters include: EMPIRE - Bridges from the Roman and ancient world NATURE AGAINST NATURE -Timber bridges REVOLUTION - Pioneering structural designs from North America and Europe UNITING PEOPLE - Bringing nations, cities, and communities together VISIONS - Contemporary structures


... even if some of us find it tricky to stare at Roman stones for hours on end without our eyes beginning to droop, we are glad to know that good old Dan Cruickshank could stare at them until the cows came home - and even then, he would probably start trying to get the cows to share his enthusiasm. He also celebrates the book's beautiful production and awe-inspiring colour photographs. Mail on Sunday, book of the week * January issue of Scottish Field: All you ever need to know about bridges - maybe more... he casts an expert and erudite eye on these impressive constructions and, in the process, it's hard not to join him in slack-jawed appreciation of these wonders of the architectural world. On Dan Cruikshank: I think he might be a god, and if not then he's definitely part wizard. (THE GUARDIAN on Adventures in Architecture) the book allows you to savour at greater leisure his undoubted scholarship. (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH on Around the World in Eighty Treasures) a book both solid and lively enough to transcend tie-in status. Cruickshank boasts breadth and depth (INDEPENDENT on Around the World in Eighty Treasures) ... beneath the jocular surface lies an entirely serious expertise. The breadth of Cruickshank's knowledge and the very speed of his journey enables him to make striking connections between apparently unrelated cultures... illuminating... inspirational. (THE GUARDIAN on Around the World in Eighty Treasures) loveable presenter (RADIO TIMES on Adventures in Architecture) enthusiasm backed up by impressive research. (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH (TRAVEL) on Around the World in Eighty Treasures)

About the Author

Dan Cruickshank

Dan Cruickshank is a regular presenter on the BBC, best known for his popular series Britain's Best Buildings, Around the World in 80 Treasures and for his appearances in The House Detectives and What the Industrial Revolution Did For Us.
His books include Around the World in 80 Treasures; Life in the Georgian City; The Guide to the Georgian Buildings of Britain and Ireland; Invasion: Defending Britain from Attack; and The Story of Britain's Best Buildings.
He was also editor of the 20th edition of Sir Banister Fletcher's A History of Architecture.
He is an Honorary Fellow of RIBA with a BA in Art, Design and Architecture. For three years he was also a visiting professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Sheffield.
He is a leading expert on architecture and historic buildings, and a frequent contributor to The Architects' Journal and The Architectural Review.
He is an active member of the Georgian Group and a member of the Architectural Panel of the National Trust.

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Publication date

28th October 2010


Dan Cruickshank

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Collins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


384 pages


Public buildings: civic, commercial, industrial, etc



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