Design unveiled for Nepean River Green Bridge
1 day ago
"I have really enjoyed following the blog of the Happy Pontist, a self-appointed critic of bridge design. He is a bit sad but the point is he is genuinely aggrieved. He is not the only one to use their technical authority to say this couldn’t be built then when the figures were out move to the position of it shouldn’t be built then when the cost-benefits come back set up a rear-guard action that it’s just plain ugly. For structures that are permanent, that will effectively be there for all to see forever, across all booms and recessions what is the proper thing to build?"I'm happy to be "self-appointed", and indeed would hope that no formal license is required simply to go online and post the same views I'd happily share with people in person. I'd also note that I've never called the bridge "ugly" (I have, indeed, called it "amazingly beautiful"), nor suggested it is unbuildable.
"'Following the Calatrava route isn't necessarily the best option. Iconic structures don't have to be overweight or over engineered. I believe there is a moral duty not to waste money on infrastructure projects. Efficient structures that give value for money don't have to be dull."He also identified the demand for such structures to act as beacons for investment in economic regeneration. Discussing the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Wells went on: "The contribution it's made to the image of the area and the inward investment it's attracted are priceless. That's what clients are looking for, the so-called Bilbao effect - the same impact as the Guggenheim museum had there."