Build­ing bridges

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The Swiss are leg­endary for their abil­ity to THE ART OF EN­GI­NEER­ING build bridges – both lit­er­ally and fig­u­ra­tively. Eight of the bridges con­nect­ing the is­land of Man­hat­tan to neigh­bor­ing com­mu­ni­ties were de­signed by Swiss-born and ed­u­cated engi­neer Oth­mar H. Am­mann. And this year, Chris­tian Menn, the man the Neue Zürcher Zeitung dubbed the most im­por­tant Swiss-born bridge builder of our time has passed away, and the world lost a mas­ter of bridges. Along with fa­mous works built in Switzer­land (Bi­aschina Viaduct, Gan­ter Bridge, Sun­niberg Bridge), Menn also de­signed the Zakim Bridge which would be­come known as “the sym­bol of Bos­ton” (Bos­ton Globe) (2003, photo be­low).

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