The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will not just build national bridges that are structurally sound but also aesthetically pleasing with the release of the Bridge Aesthetic Guidelines.
In Department Order No. 49, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar ordered the adoption of aesthetic consideration in all bridge plans and designs.
“With the union of three aspects namely: Science, Aesthetics, and Technology, we will come up with excellent bridge designs that will enhance the beauty and character of our future landmark structures,” he said in a statement.
The DPWH chief added the importance of valuing the appearance of bridge structures as it should function not as a mere utility but also as a significant element in the environment.
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.
With this, Villar noted that proposed developments on all historical bridges will also be done, 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. (PR)Photo by thepeculiartraveler