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  • From: <alinters AT>
  • To: athena AT
  • Subject: [Athena] le plus vieux pont Vierendeel de la Belgique en danger
  • Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2009 18:30:44 +0200

Je viens de recevoir ce message de la part de l'Association Flamande
d'Archéologie Industrielle et je le transmets à cette liste, car ça peut
intéresser les membres qui veulent réagir.


From: VVIA <vvia AT>
Subject: Call for help: save the oldest Vierendeel-bridge in Flanders

The Flemish Association for Industrial Archaeology is campaigning to save at
least a part of the oldest Vierendeel Bridge in the World Heritage town
see the article in Flanders Today
All the other Vierendeel-bridges were destroyed during two world wars - only
this one survived till now.

Vierendeel (1852-1940) was a famous Belgian engineer (see: who invented the so-called
Vierendeel truss. Such trusses do not have the usual trianglular voids seen in
a pin–joint truss bridge, rather employing rectangular openings and rigid
connections in the elements, which (unlike a conventional truss) must also
resist substantial bending forces. Movable bridges of this type are very rare.
Only one swing bridge of this type is known: the Scheepsdale bridge in Brugge.
The Vierendeel principle, a construction similar to a truss but with rigid
joints, was used in the New York World Trade Center.

A photo report on the Scheepsdale Bridge can be found at:
A list of existing and disappeared bridges where the Vierendeel-principles
used is compiled at the website

Please help us
and send a letter or a e-mail which pleads for saving at least a relevant part
of this bridge
- the City Council of Brugge, Burg 12 - B-8000 Brugge an/or to the Lord Mayor,
kabinet.burgemeester AT
- the Historic Buildings Department of Brugge, Oostmeers 17, B-8000 Brugge,
monumentenzorg AT
- the Flemish Minister in charge of Heritage Conservation, Geert Bourgeois,
Arenbergstraat 7, B-1000 Brussel, kabinet.bourgeois AT
- the Flemish Historic Buildings Department, Koning Albert II Laan 19 bus 3,
1210 Brussel, aml AT
- the Flemish Minister of Public Works, Mrs H. Crevits, Koning Albert II laan
20 bus 1, B-1000 Brussel, kabinet.crevits AT
- Mr. Paul Breyne, governor of the province of West-Flanders, Burg 3, B-8000

Please forward this message to friends and colleagues in your country

'Vlaamse Vereniging voor Industriële Archeologie'
(Flemish Association for Industrial Archaeology)
P.O. Box 30 - Post Office 'Gent Stationswijk'
B-9000 Gent-12
fax (+32)(0)56/255173
e-mail: vvia AT and
The VVIA is the overall volunteer association for the study, the preservation
and the interpretation of industrial and technical heritage in Flanders
visit our website at:
The VVIA is a member of the European Federation of Associations for Industrial
and Technical Heritage / E-FAITH - see:

  • [Athena] le plus vieux pont Vierendeel de la Belgique en danger, alinters, 08/29/2009

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