San Juanico Bridge, between Leyte and Samar, Philippines. View from Samar side. Photographed by Morten Nærbøe via Wikimedia Commons


DPWH releases guidelines for beautiful national bridges

The Department of Public Works and Highways mandates the addition of artistic touches to future bridge projects

  • April 17, 2018

Future national bridges in the Philippines will not just be structurally sound but also aesthetically pleasing with the release of Bridge Aesthetic Guidelines of the Department of Public Works and Highways.

DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar thru Department Order No. 49, ordered the adoption of aesthetic consideration in all bridge plans and designs and stated the importance of valuing the appearance of bridge structures as it should function not as mere utility but also as a significant element in the environment.

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“With the union of three aspects namely: Science, Aesthetics, and Technology, we will come up with excellent bridge designs that will enhance beauty and character of our future landmark structures,” Secretary Villar said.

In the improved Bridge Aesthetic Guidelines, aesthetics/architectural details will be added in the conceptual and design phases which include schematic designs drafted in 3D images.

Aerial view of Jones Bridge with the Post Office building (1930s). Photographed by John Tewell via Wikimedia Commons.

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Proposed developments on all historical bridges will be done as well, provided with approval from the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP).

World-class and aesthetically designed bridges are seen to symbolize communities and serve as landmarks while increasing tourism in the country and promoting greater socio-economic developments.

This announcement was first made on www.dpwh.gov.ph.
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