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FOOTBRIDGE IN HONG KONG

Permission to construct the new Cheung Kong Center at the corner of Garden Road and Queen's Road Central came with the stipulation that Cheung Kong Holdings, Ltd., would reconnect the two ends of a public footpath that once crossed the site. — Published 2012.0919

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POSTCARD FROM ST. ANTHONY FALLS

Dear ArchitectureWeek,

We pause this week in remembrance of the thirteen Minnesotans who were killed and the dozens injured in the catastrophic failure of the I-35W bridge across the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota. — Published 2008.0730

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SPECIAL ISSUE - BRIDGES

Whether crossing an atrium, street, canal, canyon, or sound, whether ancient, historic, modern, or high-tech, made of stone, concrete, steel, or glass, the bridge is a special kind of connecting structure.

Topologically, whereas most buildings exist largely to enclose space, bridges tend to puncture it to varying degrees. — Published 2008.0213

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TACOMA NARROWS NUMBER THREE

Does your project require special equipment to convey structural steel on site and into position? Maybe big trucks with oversize loads, and special cranes. But have you ever commissioned a flatbed ship for placing steel? — Published 2007.0905

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TO CROSS THE SEINE

A new pedestrian bridge, "Passerelle Simone de Beauvoir," now undulates across the Seine in Paris. It is the creation of Feichtinger Architectes with consulting engineers RFR, where I work, and Sepia. — Published 2006.1004

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STARI MOST ó MOSTAR RECONNECTION

When a beloved and highly symbolic historic bridge was destroyed during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina of the early 1990s, the whole world grieved. The single-arched Stari Most ("Old Bridge") in Mostar was erected in 1566 by architect Mimar Hajruddin at the height of the Ottoman Empire. It not only connected the city physically but, by the 20th century, had come to symbolize the coming together of many nationalities and ethnicities. — Published 2004.0804

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BRIDGING BRASILIA

The growing city of Brasilia needed a third bridge over a lake that separated half its inhabitants from their places of work. In response to a competition, architect Alexandre Chan and structural engineer Mario Vila Verde, both from Rio de Janeiro, produced the winning concept: a daring, dancing variation on an ancient structural form. — Published 2004.0609

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LONDON MILLENNIUM BRIDGE

Londonís Millennium Bridge reopened six years ago on February 22, 2002, with its designer, Lord Foster, in attendance, but without its original, notorious wobble. Described by Foster as a "blade of light," the Millennium Bridge was closed just two days after it first opened in June, 2000, because it shimmied and shook uncomfortably. — Published 2002.0327

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