Thursday, January 27, 2011
The World's Strangest Bridges: Modern Bamboo Bridge
Background: Engineer Yan Xiao of the University of Southern California has developed everything from pedestrian bridges to mobile housing using bamboo. This bridge opened to traffic in December 2007.
Why It's Innovative: The 32-foot bamboo bridge has a load capacity of 8 tons (though it may actually be able to carry a heavier load), making this one of the first bamboo structures capable of handling trucks. Using lightweight prefabricated materials allowed construction workers to avoid using heavy construction equipment, and the bridge took only a week to install.