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7 July, 2011

Winners Footbridge 2011

After setting out the finalists for each of the six categories, today we bring you the brand new award winners from Footbridge 2011. Our partner Ricardo Ferraz has been honored to attend the conference and the awards ceremony allowing us to disclose the scoop on the winners. Now, I simply leave you with the winners:

Rhein-Herne Kanal Footbridge (c) schlaich bergermann und partner

20 June, 2011

Finalists Footbridge 2011. TECHNICAL Category Long Span

To complete the pedestrian bridges finalists according to the prestigious Footbridge Awards 2011, this article presents the best TECHNICAL footbridges opened between 2008 and 2010 whose major span exceeds 75 meters. For more information about each bridge you can click on their title links.

Kurilpa Bridge, Brisbane, Australia (+ info)

Kurilpa Bridge, Brisbane, Australia (c) Arup

13 June, 2011

Finalists Footbridge 2011. TECHNICAL Category Medium Span

Once published the pedestrian bridges with best aesthetic quality, this serie of articles continues the technical category with the footbridges opened between 2008 and 2010 whose major span is between 30 and 75 meters.

9 May, 2011

Finalists Footbridge 2011. TECHNICAL Category Short Spans

Once published the pedestrian bridges with best aesthetic quality, TECHNICAL categories begin with the bridges opened between 2008 and 2010 whose major span does not exceed 30 meters. For more information about the bridges you can click on their titles.

2 May, 2011

Finalists Footbridge 2011. Aesthetic category Long Span

Continuing with the finalists of the prestigious Footbridge Awards, this article covers the proposals selected as the best footbridges opened between 2008 and 2010 whose major span exceed 75 meters. (best footbridges shorter than 30mhere and best footbridges between 30 and 75m here). For more information about the bridges you can click on their titles.

Footbridge Valmy (c) schlaich bergermann und partner

21 April, 2011

Finalists Footbridge 2011. Aesthetics Category: Medium Span

Continuing with the finalists of the prestigious Footbridge Awards, this article covers the proposals selected as the best footbridges opened between 2008 and 2010 whose major span is between 30 and 75 meters. (best footbridges up to 30 meters here)

20 April, 2011

Finalists Footbridge 2011. Aesthetics Category: Short Span

This week, the shortlist has been announced for the finalists of the prestigious Footbridge Awards to be awarded next 6 th of July during the Footbridge 2011 event in Wroclaw, Poland.

This article reviews the proposals selected as the best pedestrian bridges opened to public between 2008 and 2010 whose major span does not exceed 30 meters.

8 April, 2011

Xylophone bridge and the forest

As an inspiration pill… a xylophone, a forest, a bridge and a telephone:

31 March, 2011

Xàtiva Pantadome – CMD Interview

In this post, continuing with the spatial lattices' theme and in particular with the Pantadome system, we explore the roof of the Plaza de Toros Xàtiva. CMD Ingenieros opened the doors of their office to us in order to share their experience in using the Pantadome system .

21 March, 2011

Rolling Bridge – Heatherwick Studio

Following the interesting work of the designer Thomas Heatherwick (here previous article on his Glass Bridge), today we present the Rolling Bridge. A inspiring proposal for a movable small urban bridge.

13 March, 2011

Glass Bridge – Heatherwick Studio

We do not usually speak of conceptual structures that have only entity in a world without economic, gravitational or social constraints. Today we break (or not) our policy to bring you this bridge-idea from Heatherwick Studio. This London based studio is characterised by a strong multidisciplinary design capable of creating original and carefully studied ideas. Whenever one of their designs manages to be constructed (I promise more stuff) the resemblance to the original 3D renderings is amazing. This represents a formal and structural study that is serious and realistic inside their unlimited creativity.

9 March, 2011

Holmenkollen, the new jump

The famous Alpine resort of Holmenkollen, presents its new ski jump platform. The team led by architects JDS and engineering Norconsult have created the new Norwegian monument to winter sports, a cantilever tower hovering 69 meters.

27 February, 2011

Quadror, joint, structure, design, inspiration…

A few days ago, my good friend Gustavo showed me this piece from The New York Times. Although at first I could not understand how this design works, something hooked me from the first gesture. The author defines as QuaDror “a new structural join for spaceframes that unfolds manifold design initiatives and can adapt to various conditions and configurations”. An ambitious definition that encouraged me even more to try to understand its functioning and potential.

20 February, 2011

Palmira Chapel – Felix Candela

The chapel of Palmyra in Cuernavaca (Mexico) is one of the most famous works of Felix Candela constructor. Built in 1959 , this building sums up perfectly Candela's work, highlighting the creativity, simplicity and structural knowledge of the author.

14 February, 2011

VAL CENIS Bridge. Prime Tensairity in service

To complete (for the moment) the series of structures based on system Tensairity, Today we present the first and only bridge in operation based on this structural typology. This is the unique bridge for skiers of the French Alpine resort of Val Cenis in Lanslebourg.