Wave-inspired Rainbow Bridge in Long Beach is covered in mini gardens and twinkling LED lights

February 26, 2018 by  
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California-based SPF Architects just unveiled a beautifully breezy pedestrian bridge connecting two major Long Beach venues. The Rainbow Bridge – whose wavy form was inspired by the local beaches – is an elegant 600-foot walking path interspersed with mini garden spaces. The bridge’s canopy features 3,500 color-changing LED nodes , which can be programmed and synced with music to create a beautiful light show as people wander cross. The pedestrian bridge was designed to help people move from the Long Beach Seaside Way Convention to the Performing Arts Center. Previously, guests to the area had an uncomfortable journey walking between the two sites, including having to climb numerous flights of stairs and crossing a busy intersection. Related: Colorful rainbow bridge pops up to brighten a gloomy Monday in London The Rainbow Bridge will now offer visitors a beautiful walkway surrounded by 76 custom-welded bent steel ribs, which create the tunnel-like shape, but open the walkway up to natural light and ventilation. The base of the bridge is made of poured-in-place concrete, interrupted by a serene garden area planted with trees. There are wide cutouts in the bridge’s canopy so that the trees have enough space to grow upwards and outwards. Drainage for the walkway plantings is concealed in the concrete spine of the flooring. Initially called Riptide, the bridge ‘s wavy form and hull-like girth was inspired by the area’s beaches. Attaching the LED nodes to the cables enabled the architects to convey a net-like structure or the rigging of a ship. Stretching the length of the bridge, the thin ribs are installed with 3,500 color-changing LED nodes , 100 downlights and 70 floodlights, all of which can be programmed and synced with music. The lights on their own give the bridge a beautiful glow in the evenings. + SPF Architects

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Elevated bamboo peace bridge for the Korean Demilitarized Zone unveiled by Shigeru Ban and Jae-Eun Choi

January 2, 2018 by  
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South Korean artist Jae-Eun Choi is teaming up with prolific architect Shigeru Ban to bridge a peaceful relationship between the two enemy nations of the Korean peninsula. The artist and architect propose to install a garden-lined bamboo bridge called “Dreaming of Earth” within the Korean DMZ area, which has grown into a unique wildlife sanctuary over the decades of tension between the two countries. The ambitious project includes an elevated  bamboo walkway with various meditation pavilions that would span roughly eight miles through the two warring countries. On a mission to create common peaceful zone that would sit strategically between the two enemy nations, Jae-Eun Choi and Shigeru Ban unveiled the design behind Dreaming of Earth at the 2016 Venice Biennale. The bridge would comprise a small, peaceful gesture within the 160-mile-long, 2.5-mile-wide DMZ zone that separates the two countries. The area has been a no-man’s land of sorts for more than half a century and as such, has naturally converted into a beautiful wildlife sanctuary where native plants and animals live in harmony. Related: 10 groundbreaking designs by Shigeru Ban that changed our ideas about architecture Choi’s project envisions a long curving bridge that would sit off the ground to protect visitors from DMZ landmine. A bamboo tower  with an internal winding staircase would lead up to a viewing platform to allow visitors to take in the spectacular surrounding nature. At every kilometer, a different open-air “Jung Ja” meditation pavilion would invite guests to enjoy the peaceful serenity of the area. Each pavilion would be designed by a different designer, including Danish artist Olafur Eliasson , Sebastian Behmann, Bijoy Jain, Seung H-sang, Minsuk Cho, and artists like Lee Ufan and Lee Bul, Tadashi Kawamata, + Shigeru Ban + Jae-Eun Choi Via LA times Images via Shigeru Ban and WikiCommons

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New Dutch bicycle bridge doubles as a green roof for a school

April 3, 2017 by  
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Who said bridges can’t be fun? A new bridge in the Dutch city of Utrecht is not only pulling double duty as a pedestrian and bike path, but it also forms a roof garden over a local school that’s surrounded by a green public park. Designed by NEXT Architects , the unique Dafne Schippers Bridge – which will officially open on April 3rd – covers the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal in Utrecht and provides the community with plenty of space to run, bike and play. Working under commission for the city, NEXT Architects collaborated with Rudy Uytenhaak Architectenbureau , Arup and Bureau B+B landscape architects , to create a unique design that focused on the needs of the community. Although typical bridges tend to be solitary, functional structures, the ambitious layout of Dafne Schippers Bridge makes it an integral part of the area’s urban design , complete with smooth cycling and walking lanes, all surrounded by expansive greenery. Related: Lush Green Lilypad Bridge Spins Open to Accomodate Boat Traffic The bridge itself is approximately 360 feet and connects the old part of Utrecht with the new district Leidsche Rijn. From the Utrecht district of Oog in Al, cyclists and pedestrians follow a long bend upwards through Victor Hugo Park. The path leads through the green roof of a local Montessori school. Marijn Schenk, from NEXT architects explains that this cohesive design is meant to create a seamless connection for the community, “In one fluid movement, the cycle route, park, and school are brought together to form a cohesive whole of infrastructure, architecture, and landscape,” + Next Architects

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Mystical cantilever Tintagel Footbridge connects visitors to the legendary ruins of King Arthur castle

November 9, 2016 by  
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Paying homage to the lore surrounding Tintagel Castle, Ney & Partners and William Matthews Associates came up with a design symbolizing the myths. According to the project description from William Matthews Associates , “Our winning proposal is based on a simple concept: to recreate the link that once existed and filled the current void. Instead of introducing a third element that spans from side to side, we propose two independent cantilevers that reach out and touch, almost, in the middle.” Related: Spectacular Lucky Knot bridge in China twists and turns like a Möbius Strip The significant space between the two cantilevers symbolizes the transition between past and present, according to William Matthews Associates, as well as between “reality and legend” and “the known and the unknown.” According to Ney & Partners , the materials with which they aim to build the footbridge will be “simple, durable, and appropriate to the context of the site.” Steel, slate, and oak are among the materials they named for the Tintagel Castle Footbridge. When English Heritage chose the two firms’ design, founder of William Matthews Associates William Matthews said in a statement , “Tintagel Castle attracts visitors for many reasons: the dramatic landscapes and geological formations, the Dark Age remains, the ruined 12th century castle and the legends of King Arthur and Tristan and Isolde. Together, they breath an undeniable and powerful sense of life into the place – to be invited to contribute to that is a rare privilege and honor.” According to Ney & Partners, the bridge could be finished in 2019. + Ney & Partners + William Matthews Associates Images via Ney & Partners/William Matthews Associates/Hayes Davidson/Emily Whitfield-Wicks

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Spectacular Lucky Knot bridge in China twists and turns like a Mbius Strip

October 27, 2016 by  
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Located in the megacity Changsha’s rapidly developing New Lake District, Lucky Knot spans the Dragon King Harbor River and serves as an auspicious icon for the region. The steel-framed bridge stretches 185 meters in length and 24 meters in height and is painted red—a color symbolizing good luck and happiness in Chinese culture. The bridge’s unusual shape combines the principles behind the Möbius Strip and Chinese knotting, a decorative handicraft art typically made with red rope, and often used as auspicious wall hangings. The Lucky Knot’s eye-catching design isn’t the only way it stands out from most pedestrian bridges . Public engagement was a big focus of the design, which was crafted with recreational, ecological, and tourist activities in mind. Multiple landing platforms and cutouts, as well as the bridge’s multiple swooping levels that connect to different heights like the riverbank and the elevated park, encourage a sense of play. An LED light show brings the bridge to life at night. The undulating bridge offers stunning views of the river, Meixi Lake, the city of Changsha, and the surrounding mountains. Related: Bat bridge provides shelter for our winged friends in the Dutch town of Monster “The Lucky Knot is more than a bridge and a connection between two river banks. Its success lays in bringing cultures together, and in the fusion of history, technology, art, innovation, architecture and spectacle,” said NEXT architects Beijing partner Jiang Xiaofei. + NEXT architects Images © NEXT architects / Photography: Julien Lanoo

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Penda unveils interlocked double-helix bridge for the Beijing Winter Olympics

July 25, 2016 by  
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The architecture studio , based in Beijing and Vienna, proposed this design as part of the larger infrastructure projects Beijing is undertaking in preparation for the Olympic Games. The bridge ’s name—San Shan—means “three mountains” in English, which is meant to describe the three peaks seen when looking at the bridge from either side. The elliptical shapes connect and link together to create the bridge’s overall shape, dressed in stark white against the forested background and the muddy river water. Related: Beijing selected to host 2022 Winter Olympic Games  The bridge’s helix-shaped arches were designed and engineered by ARUP , the British structural engineering firm. Their contribution enabled the bridge’s design to use the thinnest supports possible (without sacrificing strength), lending to the bridge’s delicate aesthetic. The surrounding area will be transformed into a hub linking bustling Beijing with its surrounding lands, gearing up for the Beijing Horticultural Expo 2019 and the Winter Olympic Games three years later. Austrian architect Chris Precht founded Penda with Dayong Sun in 2013 after working together for several years. In the intervening time, the duo have elevated their international firm to global acclaim, winning awards for several designs along the way. This bridge demonstrates the epitome of their combined talent. + Penda Via ArchDaily Images via Penda

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Curvaceous Water Pavilion will glide over a restored river in Poland

September 4, 2015 by  
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Poland-based architecture firm  Modelina designed the contemporary and curvaceous Water Pavilion, a bridge and public gathering space that spans the historic Warta River in Pozna?, Poland. The wavy two-level bridge is complemented by a built-in amphitheater  that will host year-round art and cultural events. The dual-use Modelina will serve as the heart of the city’s “River in the city,” an  urban renovation project to restore the river’s original water route and line the riverfront with vibrant public spaces and  green parks . Read the rest of Curvaceous Water Pavilion will glide over a restored river in Poland

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World’s Longest Suspension Bridge and Bungee Jump Heaven Opens in Sochi, Russia

July 24, 2014 by  
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The world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge just opened in Sochi National Park, Russia. It’s not really meant to serve your daily commute, though – the bridge is part of the AJ Hackett Sochi Skypark . The 1,800-foot-long bridge was built over a 650 foot chasm and it attracts bungee jumpers and sightseers alike. Read the rest of World’s Longest Suspension Bridge and Bungee Jump Heaven Opens in Sochi, Russia Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bridge design , bungee bridges , extreme architecture , extreme sports architecture , J Hackett Sochi skypark , russia bridges , Sochi bungee bridge , sochi national park , sochi skypark , suspension bridge , world’s longest pedestrian bridge

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Modern Bicycle Bridge Opens Up in Maassluis,The Netherlands

November 25, 2013 by  
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This week, a beautifully modern and lightweight bicycle bridge was opened to the public in Maassluis, The Netherlands. The 90-meter long descending route located along the old Maasdike is designed as a sophisticated and subtle swinging path through the untouched landscape. The new bridge connects the city center of Maassluis with the newly built Lely campus, several suburban areas, and the surrounding countryside. The project was commissioned by the Lely Group and was designed as an integral and multidisciplinary collaborative process. The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Read the rest of Modern Bicycle Bridge Opens Up in Maassluis,The Netherlands Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycle bridge , bike bridge , bridge design , eco bridges , footbridge , Maasdike Bridge , sustainable bridges , the netherlands        

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CellEra’s Breakthrough Platinum-Free Fuel Cell is Cheaper and Doesn’t Use Rare Earth Metals

November 25, 2013 by  
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CellEra’s new platinum-free fuel cell could be the cleanest engine ever created. Instead of using an extremely expensive rare earth metal as the fuel cell’s catalyst, CellEra employs a catalyzed, solid polymer electrolyte. The new catalytic core is not only cleaner, it also won’t corrode like older fuel cell technology and it can even help reduce overall costs. The Israel-based green energy company recently revealed its new device at the Fuel Choices Summit in Tel Aviv. Read the rest of CellEra’s Breakthrough Platinum-Free Fuel Cell is Cheaper and Doesn’t Use Rare Earth Metals Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative energy , CellEra , cheap clean energy , clean technology , fuel cell , Fuel Choice Summit , green energy , green technology , Israel made fuel cell technology , low cost fuel cell , Platinum Free Fuel Cell , platinum free fuel cell technology , rare earth element free fuel cells , rare earth elements , rare earth metals , Tel Aviv        

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