Builder, Designer, and Artist
By (author) David P. Billington
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Robert Maillart by David P. Billington
Book DescriptionThis comprehensive biography traces the life and works of Robert Maillart, one of the most important engineers and designers of the twentieth century. His career developed around a central issue of modern technological society: the debate between two antithetical views of engineering opposing applied science, which relied on general mathematical theories for understanding structures against design, which Maillart championed. Maillart considered structures not merely works of utility but also as works of art. As utilitarian objects, he created a series of innovations of lasting significance. Aesthetically, Maillart shaped his three innovations in concrete to create surprising and often stunning new forms. Providing an analysis of these innovations, this biography also connects Maillart's aesthetic ideas with the private and professional context in which he worked.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521057424
(279mm x 210mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 24-Mar-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author David P. Billington
Power, Speed, and Form, Hardback (October 2006)
Presents an account of the engineering behind eight breakthrough innovations that transformed American life from 1876 to 1939 - the telephone, electric power, oil refining, the automobile, the airplane, radio, the long-span steel bridge, and building with reinforced concrete.
Innovators, Paperback (September 1996)
A richly illustrated introduction to the engineering triumphs that made America modern In this age of microchips and deep space probes, it's hard to imagine life before electricity or passenger trains.
Robert Maillart's Bridges, Paperback (February 1989)View all books by David P. Billington
The description for this book, Robert Maillart's Bridges: The Art of Engineering, will be forthcoming.
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