Jacky Tian – Looking Outwards – 01

Technology, Engineering and Art Expression

Millennium Bridge in London

On June 1oth, 2ooo, a new walkway the link the city of London with the historical district of St. Paul’s Cathedral was completed across the Thames River. The 325 meters long Millennium Bridge in London is the winning entry of an international architectural ‘bridge building’ competition.

The competition entry was name of “the blade of lights” with innovative steel structure, supported by complex engineering calculation done by varies computational design and simulation tools. The designer group, Foster and Partners worked with a specific technology company as well as a famous sculptor, Sir Anthony Caro.

The Millennium Bridge in London perfectly demonstrates how technology can affect bridge engineering towards a more artistic expression and tectonic patterns in design. The

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