Engineering Quote of the Week - Gustave Eiffel


The first principle of architectural beauty is that the essential lines of a construction be determined by a perfect appropriateness to its use.
                                                                                                                       ~Gustave Eiffel

(Quoted in J. Harriss, The Tallest Tower: Eiffel and the Belle Epoque (1975), 20. Cited by David P. Billington, 'Bridges and the New Art of Structural Engineering,' in National Research Council (U.S.). Transportation Research Board Subcommittee on Bridge Aesthetics, Bridge Aesthetics Around the World (1991), 67.)

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