In 1964, when Queen Elizabeth II opened the Forth Road Bridge right next to the historic Forth Bridge in Scotland, she would hardly have anticipated opening another adjacent bridge over the Forth more than 50 years later, as she did with the new inclined cable-stayed Queensferry Crossing last autumn. Now three impressive engineering structures from three centuries cross the Forth and form a unique ensemble of major bridges.
In addition to this outstanding work of engineering, this issue of structure presents further exciting structural engineering solutions, such as the exposed roof trusses of a delicatessen market in Stuttgart, where timber and steel enhance each other, or the expressive steel structure of a footbridge in Be’er Sheba, Israel. In the technology presentation centre near Chicago, the striking Vierendeel roof girders demonstrate the laser cutting technology used in their fabrication.
With this issue, structure becomes a stand-alone, international specialist magazine for structural engineers. The magazine offers a platform to show that engineers are not only facilitators but also co-designers of our built environment. Because – in addition to their technical expertise – why should not the creative capacity of engineers also form part of their professional identity?