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Aluminum Bridges by MAADI Group Are a Pleasant Discovery for Team Behind the Book, “Aluminium: Flexible and Light”

11/25/2016 posted by admin

November 14, 2016 — Boucherville, Quebec, Canada — The MAADI Group’s design and build work on aluminum bridges and a staircase is featured in several chapters of the two-volume book “Aluminium: Flexible and Light”, by Michael Stacey, architect. (N.B.: Stacey uses the British spelling of aluminum.)

The book is the fourth report from the Towards Sustainable Cities research program, a three-year initiative funded by the International Aluminium Institute (IAI) to quantify and qualify the in-use benefits of aluminum in architecture and the built environment. Michael Stacey has taught architecture at Liverpool University, Penn Design, London Metropolitan University, the Architectural Association and The University of Nottingham and is Director of Michael Stacey Architects.

“Interestingly, in terms of the MAADI work that Michael’s brought in,” said Chris Bayliss, Deputy Secretary General of the IAI in a telephone interview, “we had never planned to be looking at bridges as a potential application [of aluminum]. You know, for us it was a kind of blind spot. And yet in terms of the latest report that’s just been published, the bridges work is significant. On the back of light weighting, we’ve got mobility, [with] the mobile bridges, and the fact that the light weight benefits durability as well.”


“Aluminium: Flexible and Light” (Part 2), pp 372-373. MAADI Group custom designs and builds aluminum pedestrian bridges/gangways to be strong and durable, even in extreme temperature and weather conditions.


“Aluminium: Flexible and Light (Part 2), pp 376-377. Rapid Deployment Military Make-A-Bridge by MAADI Group.

The book’s 717 pages display and discuss various illustrations and examples of the modern use of aluminum in architecture and the built environment. “Much of the research we do is quantitative based,” said Bayliss, “but working with the design community, you know people want the qualitative material as well. They want to see and feel what this material is like in use.”

You can download a free electronic copy of the complete series of “Towards Sustainable Cities Reports (2016)”, which include “Aluminium and Durability”, “Aluminium Recyclability and Recycling”, “Aluminium and Life Cycle Thinking”, and “Aluminium: Flexible and Light” (part 1 and part 2).

Index to MAADI Group references:
Aluminium: Flexible & Light (part 1)
Page 23, fig. 1.4; Page 49, fig. 2.6

Aluminium: Flexible & Light (part 2)
Pages 371-379, 438-439, 442-443; 455, fig. 5.198


Michael Stacey, left, architect and author of “Aluminium: Flexible and Light”, with Alexandre de la Chevrotière, P.Eng., president of MAADI Group, at the Towards Sustainable Cities Symposium in London UK, October 31, 2016.



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