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A dog barking somewhere in Sussex could be heard by a Gosho in Kent

15. People who know how to design anything simply, efficiently, unfussily, and in a way that the people who use them will find suitable and convenient.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-31943360
Is there a law or regulation that bans straight bridges across the Thames now? That first one is utterly stupid. The route it takes is beyond pointless. Why walk 20 yards when you can walk 100 seems to be the rationale for it. Or perhaps we're doing this just because we can.

I don't get it.


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Baron Grim

That does look quite silly, but it may be a matter of perspective (or lack of perspective in the artwork).

I suspect those curvy bits have quite a bit of elevation change to get the bridge span above the height of seagoing vessels. Those loops are switchbacks to keep the bridge grade below that required for wheelchair access. Looking carefully, I see stair steps cutting across the loops.


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A dog barking somewhere in Sussex could be heard by a Gosho in Kent

The seagoing vessel explanation doesn't apply here because this is upstream of most of the major London bridges (I think it'll be to the west of Vauxhall Bridge), and none of those allow anything with much height under them.

The wheelchair ramp is a good point. I'm not intimate with the lay of the land where this bridge is to be built so I'll reserve judgement on that, but it seems like there ought to be a way of achieving that without an extensive detour.

I noticed the stairs in that top picture, but those are not something I'd be too inclined (geddit? smiley - tongueout) to use these days. My knees don't care for flights of stairs any more.

Most people are inherently lazy. If a landscaper or a designer puts a decorative, but unnecessary, corner in a path, or simply makes an angled corner rather than a curved one because it's cheaper to lay the concrete that way, people will cut the corner and walk across the grass. There are instances of that all around this apartment complex, and every other one like it. Very few people (and we're talking about busy Londoners in this instance) are going to be pleased about having to spend a minute getting from A to B when they could do the same journey in a matter of seconds, and I don't think too many will be happy about the option of climbing stairs either.


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Baron Grim

There do seem to be some restrictions regarding the height across the river. I found the competition website.

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"The conundrum of creating a bridge that can be readily used by cyclists and pedestrians alike, that also provides adequate headroom for river traffic, is at the heart of the challenge and because the engineering and construction challenges inherent in the brief will require innovation and exceptional talent, the Jury Panel will be aided by a Technical Panel, which will assess the functionality and buildability aspects of each design."

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"Comply with the Disability Discrimination Act; ensuring it is accessible to all."
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http://www.nepbridgecompetition.co.uk/the-brief.html

It could be worse...

http://i.imgur.com/4HjMsNW.jpg Circle bridge at Yoshi Springs resort near Kyoto, Japan.

Then there was this proposed bridge in Singapore. smiley - cdouble

http://yawningbread.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/pic_201007_21.jpg


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A dog barking somewhere in Sussex could be heard by a Gosho in Kent

smiley - facepalm

"We need a bridge everyone can use, that's no lower than the bridges either side of it and which isn't impossible to build".


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Baron Grim

They need a transporter beam. smiley - runsmiley - starsmiley - galaxysmiley - starsmiley - galaxysmiley - starsmiley - galaxysmiley - starsmiley - galaxysmiley - starsmiley - galaxysmiley - starsmiley - galaxysmiley - starsmiley - galaxysmiley - starsmiley - run


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Or a smiley - tardis


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Sho / Flo - what's the difference?

I like it. Over here we often have a long ramp up to pedestrian bridges, but usually there is a flight of stairs too for those who don't want to take the long way round. This looks merely as though it's being inclusive and giving access to as many people as possible.


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logicus tracticus philosophicus

Comply with the Disability Discrimination Act; ensuring it is accessible to all.
be interesting to see one that covers...gephyrophobia...Gephydrophobia or Gephysrophobia sufferers


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Baron Grim

I have a cousin with that.

She once, in a full blown panic attack, backed her car down this bridge during rush hour traffic. This picture doesn't show the high levels of industrial traffic, including 18 wheelers, that cross this bridge constantly.

http://texasfilmscout.com/duofilms/New%20Saturday/Sam%20Houston%20Tollway%20Ship%20Channel%20bridge/slides/L1150230.html


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