Monday, May 1, 2017

Peace Bridge

Today’s recommended title will be of particular interest to Calgarians, Albertans and Canadians.

Bridges: an Introduction to Ten Great Bridges and Their Designers by Didier Cornille introduces us to 10 bridges from various countries spanning the globe providing a brief entry about the architects who designed them and sometimes a little about the construction process.  Each bridge has a something distinct about it, whether it was for a new construction process, a new design, extraordinary length, or a design feature.

Among the selected few is Calgary’s own Peace Bridge designed by Santiago Calatrava (2012).

The other bridges include:
Iron Bridge designed by Thomas Farnolls Pritchard (England, 1779)
Brooklyn Bridge designed by John Roebling, Washington Roebling and Emily Warren (United States, 1883)
Forth Bridge designed by Sir John Fowler and Sir Benjamin Baker (Scotland, 1890)
Plougastel Bridge designed by Eugene Freyssinet (France, 1930)
Sydney Harbour Bridge designed by John Jacob Crew Bradfield (Australia, 1932)
Golden Gate Bridge designed by Joseph Baermann Strauss (United States, 1937)
Rio-Niteroi Bridge designed by Jean Muller (Brasil, 1974)
Millau Viaduct designed by Norman Foster and Michel Virlogeux (France, 2004)
Mucem Footbridge designed by Rudy Ricciotti (France, 2013)

Each entry is very brief. I love the format of the book, which is oversized and read turned on its side so we are flipping the pages up. This is great for giving the reader a sense of length, giving the illustrations of each bridge lots of room to span the page. The details usually include a little information about the designer including other projects they’ve been involved in and most often specifics about the construction process.  The illustrations are simple, uncluttered and placed on pages with lots of white space.

The entry for the Peace Bridge in Calgary features several of Calatrava’s other structures giving only two short pages dedicated to the Peace Bridge itself. However cool looking this bridge there is not a lot of information about it in terms of construction.

Another thing I noticed is that with the exception of Emily Warren, who stepped in when her husband died building the Brooklyn Bridge there are no women featured here. There have to be some noteworthy bridges designed by women, right?

This book will be of interest to teachers for science (building things, designing), STEM, and social studies (Alberta, Canada, local politics). I would recommend this for middle grades.


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