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    I think that Edmonton should build a signature suspension bridge from the end of Calgary Trail across to 105 Street. Something like the Viaduc de Millau Bridge ( http://www.siteselection.com/ssinsid...t/sf050103.htm ) that would provide a frame to the river valley as well as the downtown. Something that would look 21st century, light and impossibly airy.

  • #2
    I do think it's a great idea, and the city could use a better main roadway to downtown...

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      President and CEO - Airshow.

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      • #4
        I agree with your post but am kinda split on one spanning that long (would take away from the beauty of the river valley and take the driver away from the river valley). Instead we should embrace it and completely rebuild the James Mac Bridge and have it designed by a SIGNATURE ARCHITECT!! That is the key as I think a bridge by a well known architect is what it would take to really put this city on the map. If done right it could be in several architect and design books automatically labelling Edmonton as a city with some architectural marvel as well as looking great with the city skyline in the backdrop. Would be an amazing photo!! I have posted some of my favorite bridges in the past, one is by an amazing architect named Santiago Calatrava. http://images.google.ca/imgres?imgur...icial%26sa%3DN
        I think this could be edmontons gateway to the 21st century.
        "Its not where you go, but how you get there"

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        • #5
          The money wasted on rebuilding the James MacDonald Bridge would be better spent on a badly-needed expansion of the Walterdale Bridge.
          “You have to dream big. If we want to be a little city, we dream small. If we want to be a big city, we dream big, and this is a big idea.” - Mayor Stephen Mandel, 02/22/2012

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          • #6
            We need more bridge capacity of some sort. And I think properly designed to fit the environment, a landmark bridge would be a tremendous boost to the city.

            The current bridges are old, tiny and do nothing to become the river valley (with the possible exeption of the High Level).

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            • #7
              simply put, we need gateway to come into downtown without a bobsled run.


              Ottawa-Edmonton-Vancouver-Edmonton

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              • #8
                Build it...

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                • #9
                  Not everybody shares a love for Santiago Calatrava. I do see her point on fish skeletons showing up all over the world.
                  http://gizmodo.com/why-cities-need-t...ish-1543063363

                  The nice thing about Calatrava's Peace Bridge in Calgary is that it is a bit different from most of his other designs, the color for one, next the lattice tube that supports it. I think it is a much nicer design than the Terwillegar Foot Bridge stressed ribbon under construction now.
                  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peace_..._%28Calgary%29

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                  • #10
                    Where are the huge bolting plates? We want to see the huge bolting plates. What did they do, Photoshop them all away????


                    FAKE! FAKE! FAKE! renderings...
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                    • #11
                      No but they probably Photoshopped out the people slipping on the glass tiles (glass tiles for walking on ... huh, what, why would you ever) or the falling tiles on a few of his designs.

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                      • #12
                        People on glass bridges should not throw stones

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                        Last edited by Edmonton PRT; 20-04-2016, 12:25 PM.
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                        • #13
                          Oh I've been on few, good for touristy things (Glacier Skywalk) not so good for actual pedestrian use, especially when it rains.

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                            Originally posted by Edmonton PRT View Post
                            Where are the huge bolting plates? We want to see the huge bolting plates. What did they do, Photoshop them all away????


                            FAKE! FAKE! FAKE! renderings...
                            You would typically not include those or that level of detail IMO.


                            Ottawa-Edmonton-Vancouver-Edmonton

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                            • #15
                              I was responding to sundance's post #9 and the pictures of the Santiago Calatrava bridges. I see no bolting plates on any of them. What happened with ours that looks like it was built from LEGO?

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                              http://www.promozioneacciaio.it/cms/...gio-emilia.asp
                              Last edited by Edmonton PRT; 22-04-2016, 06:47 AM.
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