Entretien Arts Video Interviews

The Spirit of Bridges
An Interview with Michel Virlogeux

by Ivan Jablonka , 29 August 2019
translated by Kate McNaughton

What’s more ordinary than a bridge? However, a bridge is a living structure that has to be designed, built and maintained. Here is our interview with a legendary bridge designer, who is also a man skilled in the art.

A graduate of the École Polytechnique, a road and bridge engineer, Michel Virlogeux is one of the world’s leading specialists in bridges and viaducts. In 1980, he became head of the concrete bridge division of the Setra, the technical department of the Ministry of Equipment, and in 1987 head of the steel and concrete bridges division. In 1995, he became an engineering consultant. During his career, he designed about a hundred bridges, including the Normandy Bridge (1995), the Millau Viaduct (2004), the Térénez Bridge (2010), the Chaban-Delmas Bridge in Bordeaux (2013) and Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge on the Bosphorus (2015).

Filming & editing: Ariel Suhamy. Interview by Ivan Jablonka.

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by Ivan Jablonka, 29 August 2019

Further reading

Some of the photos in the video were taken from the following websites:
Pierre d’angle
The website of the Millau Viaduct
 Cité de l’Architecture
• Film on the construction of the Bosphorus Bridge
3D digital version of the Normandy Bridge

To quote this article :

Ivan Jablonka, « The Spirit of Bridges. An Interview with Michel Virlogeux », Books and Ideas , 29 August 2019. ISSN : 2105-3030. URL :

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