The soon to open Ravenel Bridge in Charleston South Carolina
Well, even though I'm ensconced in a foofy hotel somewhere in the Midwest I'm
still thinking about my home in Portland Oregon. What do I think about most? Well
it isn't the aerial tram or even the art scene, it's the eventual design for the
new I-5 bridge across the mighty Columbia River
For me bridges are the most interesting
of architectural projects and although the finished bridge is 10 years away I
suspect it will be a cable stayed design like Sir Norman Foster's Millau
. Why? because it will allow for great views, completely unlike
the current truss bridge
. The latest cable stayed bridge design to catch my
eye is the Ravenel Bridge
in Charleston South Carolina. It's fine but I'm unimpressed with how anonymous the cable
stayed designs like; the Ravenel, Millau or the Sunshine
bridge in Tampa Florida tend to be. Frankly, I love the fact that Portland's
design (and PORT's logo inspiration) came from the massive public outcry that the less than stellar Marquam Bridge design produced, let's demand something innovative and distinctive again. Still, our project will be much more demanding as rail will need to be incorporated as well? ...2 decks with a bottom one for rail freight?
Some of you have mentioned Santiago Calatrava as an optimal choice. I agree that he's definitely the most distinctive architecht for cable stayed designs but I'd like to see another international competition to determine the architect. Still this will be a large very expenisve project and we should definitely get something iconic.
The current I-5 bridges are probably part of the reason Vancouver Washington suffers in aesthetic esteem, despite being one of the fastest growing communities in the nation.
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