Bridges define places. Imagine London without Tower Bridge, 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. Dan Cruickshank looks at what bridges mean to us, and draws on some of his personal favourites from all over the world to reveal their their architectural, cultural and aesthetic influence.
Thematic chapters work along broadly chronological lines to give a narrative which loosely reflects technical development, and include:
- Monuments to nature
- Lost bridges
- Spiritual passages
- Inhabited bridges
- The inventive spirit
- Bridges in art and gardens
- Strategic icons
- Great connections
- Visionary designs
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Leading expert on architecture and historic buildings and BBC presenter, best known for Around The World In 80 Treasures and Adventures In Architecture. He has travelled extensively, and is an Honorary Fellow of RIBA with a BA in Art, Design and Architecture. He is currently filming a new BBC documentary celebrating 250 years of Kew Gardens.