Two months later, and still no sign of the designs, it has become apparent that despite the city's appointment of a designer normally associated with maximising publicity, they are strangely reluctant to make the most of this opportunity for hype.
The Calgary Herald reports that unveiling of the first design has now been put back to August. The lucky few who have seen the design are quoted variously as saying:
"It's not the big bang. It's not the big statement people have come to expect from his work"I'm reminded of Caltrava's Ponte della Costituzione in Venice, a relatively shallow and modest arch offering a marked contrast to the designer's more usual structural acrobatics. Despite its extravagant cost, it was opened without ceremony. Initial rows over its lack of access for the disabled gave way to complaints from injured tourists.
"Lovely . . . different that anything I've seen from Calatrava before"
It's unclear quite why Calgary are withholding the design, but I'd expect the bridge will be the subject of a great deal more debate once locals finally do get to see what they're getting for their money.
Elsewhere in the bridges world, a couple more brief news items rate a mention.
I've mentioned previously Glasgow's Tradeston Bridge and its vulnerability to climbing, but it seems efforts to deter the intrepid are failing.
Also the 2009 Structural Steel Design Awards include a couple of deserving bridges: the Kew Aerial Walkway, by Jane Wernick and Marks Barfield, and the Castleford Footbridge, by Tony Gee, Alan Baxter and McDowell Benedetti (covered here previously).