Leonardo and His Designs Term Paper by Nicky

A look at the architectural and engineering designs of Leonardo da Vinci.
# 150171 | 1,829 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on Jan 29, 2012 in Art (History) , Architecture (History) , Aviation, Aeronautics (General)

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This paper examines the many innovative concepts of Leonardo da Vinci, focusing on his architectural and engineering designs. Leonardo is described as a true "Renaissance man" since he embodied the Renaissance ideals of the arts, education, and innovation. The paper further notes how Leonardo's interests led him to produce a vast assortment of ideas that educators and researchers are still studying and creating today. Additionally, the paper points out his contributions to architecture and city planning. This includes an in-depth look at his sketches of bridges and cities with canal systems. The final part of the paper addresses Leonardo's designs for aircraft, which included designs that were the precursor to the helicopter. The paper concludes by stating that Leonardo's designs and innovations were groundbreaking, forward-thinking, and obviously ahead of the time he lived. He created architecture, bridges and spans, war weapons, ships, and flying machines.

From the Paper:

"Da Vinci, along with urban planning, seemed to love designing bridges, and man of his engineering drawings included several different styles of bridges and other spans. Among his many designs were military bridges that soldiers could assemble and take apart quite quickly while they were on the move. These bridges would also float on water so they could cross them effectively. He thought of a double-decker bridge that surprisingly resembles many modern bridges across the world, and he drew up an arched bridge sturdy enough to support its own weight. In fact, one of da Vinci's most famous bridges was indeed constructed in 2001. It is the Galata Bridge, which da Vinci actually designed for Istanbul, Turkey. An engineering team recreated da Vinci's original design, but in 2001, instead of 1502 when he originally designed it.
"In 1502, the Sultan of Turkey asked da Vinci to create a drawing for a bridge stretching from the Golden Horn to Galata to Istanbul. Leonardo fashioned a massive structure that was a single span, using many diverse design methods. They included elegant keystone arches and recognized geometric ideas, including the parabolic curve and pressed-bow."

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