MIT Proves Da Vinci’s Longest Bridge Design of 500 Years Ago Would Have Worked

Interesting Engineering | Oct 12, 2019 at 1:10 PM
  • In 1502 A.D., Sultan Bayezid II was in search of a bridge design to connect Istanbul with its neighbor city Galata, one that would have been the world’s longest bridge span of its time.
  • Recent graduate student Karly Bast MEng ’19, along with professor of architecture and of civil and environmental engineering John Ochsendorf and undergraduate Michelle Xie, analyzed all available information from the time and built a detailed scale model to test the structure’s ability to stand and support weight.
  • Ultimately what the team was trying to test was if the design would work with the technology from da Vinci’s time.