Not a Maillart among them. Tragic.

EDIT: So Robert Maillart was a Swiss bridge engineer who pretty much broke every rule there was to bridge building. He winged it. He said "looks good enough" and he was always right. It wasn't until the invention of Finite Element Analysis in the late '60s that it was possible to run the equations necessary to verify that his bridges were every bit as strong as they needed to be.

And he was baller. I mean, he'd do shit like curve in free space over crevasses:

This is mostly a list of "mundane bridges in pretty places." Maillart made beautiful bridges.

posted by flagamuffin: 1565 days ago