Nexus Network Journal

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 167–189 | Cite as

How the Gateway Arch Got its Shape

  • Robert OssermanEmail author


Robert Osserman examines Eero Saarinen’s Gateway Arch in St. Louis in order to shed light on what its exact shape is, why it is that shape, and whether the various decisions made during its design were based on aesthetic or structural considerations. Research included discussions with engineers and architects who worked with Saarinen on the project. The paper concludes by noting some questions that are still unanswered.


Eero Saarinen Gateway Arch catenary parabola weighted catenary Robert Hooke Galileo Galilei history of mechanics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mathematical Sciences Research InstituteBerkeleyUSA

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