Duke Speaker Will Discuss Challenges of Designing Japanese Bridge as a Work of Art

DURHAM, N.C. -- Leslie E. Robertson, the designer of the new Miho Museum Bridge, a ceremonial processional bridge linked to a new museum complex in a rugged, mountainous setting near Kyoto, Japan, will speak on the unusual project at 4 p.m Tuesday, March 9 in the Bryan Research Building Auditorium (Room 103) on Duke's West campus.

Built to handle heavy pedestrian traffic as well as normal bridge loadings, the project was built with aesthetics in mind as well as the ability to resist typhoon winds and severe earthquakes. In his talk, Robertson will address the challenges of designing a bridge that is also a work of art.

Also the designer of the twin World Trade Center Towers in New York City and the Bank of China Building in Hong Kong, Robertson is director of design and construction at Leslie E. Robertson Associates in New York City.

A member of the National Academy of Engineering, he has been a member of the executive committee of Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility, and has been outspoken on nuclear disarmament issues and the impact of defense spending on the social justice system.

He will deliver the 1999 Structures and Society Lecture, sponsored by Duke's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The talk is free and open to the public.