Okay I am not comparing my abilities to that of Calatrava but I do think the first Calgary bridge is a good goalpost for discussing mine and the other future potential pedestrian bridges.
Think about what you actually want for the new bridge, a signature sculpture or a usable link for pedestrians.
Take this as humor……
One of knocks against my design is the simplicity of it. Lets compare mine with the Peace bridge. Calatrava uses a straight path, hmmm I used a straight path. That can’t be right.
I think a bridge should be open to the sky, with platforms for resting and looking out on the river. Calatrava, well you can see the river through the superstructure and the sky through the plastic. Try fishing off his bridge….
Calatrava’s bridge is a marvel of engineering. I would agree with that but the design has been used before and really will not be a system that is used that often. My design would be a difficult engineering feat and actually protect the structure from floods. AND it has never been used in this way before.
Calatrava received a bunch of money up front to develop his concept. He has a full time staff and if he had to turn his sketches into photo-realistic images, I think Calgary would still be waiting for his design. I did mine at night and on the weekends for the fun of it.
While I agree my design is “simple” I don’t understand what is wrong with that. Calatrava developed a concept that could go anywhere. Absolutely anywhere. Paint it yellow & black and it is the new Pittsburgh Steelers bridge. Paint is orange and send it to Denver.
My bridge is a one of a kind that only works at the St. Patricks site. It does not make sense anywhere else. It protects the island, the bridge and leaves open views of the river.
Whatever happened to a nice “simple” open structure? Why does everything have to have curves, millions of cables, elaborate structural details? Mine would cost less than $25 million and allow the extra money to be spent on improving the park, your local school, etc.
Green structures used to mean something. Calatrava will be using steel imported from somewhere. (maybe china, the costs are low) Alberta has a thriving concrete industry, so a bridge out of concrete will help the local economy. (I can add color!) How much structure do you need for a bridge? Whatever happened to simple yet attractive?
Again take this post with a grain of salt. I worked fairly hard to get something into the competition and I am miffed AT MYSELF for not getting the final presentation right. I even like the criticism of my structure because it means the design is being taken somewhat seriously. ..
THis post is tongue in cheek but REALLY, take a look at Calatrava’s design and explain to me what the major advantages are of his design.
Use his design as a guide to judge the new bridges. Why pay $25 million for his bridge if the new designs are superior. I’m just saying….