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The bridge to nowhere?

By johnboy - 4 December 2006 15

The ABC has a story on the media launch of plans for a pedestrian bridge from the National Museum to the back of the Hyatt.

Campaign director Andrew Baulch says the bridge will be a memorial to the contributions of all migrants that have come here since the First Fleet through to the current day.

Considering the only people who will use the thing are tourists, going from the museum to Parliament House, it could be a handy marketing tool for getting more people to sign up for the migration experience.

Sadly they invoke the Godwin’s Law of ACT planning debate, the ghost of Walter Burley Griffin.

One can only hope they build it high enough to not interfere with sail racing on the lake.

What’s Your opinion?


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15 Responses to
The bridge to nowhere?
Maelinar 4:03 pm 05 Dec 06

the bridge will be a memorial to the contributions of all migrants that have come here since the First Fleet through to the current day

So it’ll be built by convicts and muslims ?

Al 1:55 pm 04 Dec 06

The thing looks almost as high as the museum building! I was iffy about the plans for a pedestrian bridge over the Brisbane River but it turned out well and gets stunning usage levels. But this this will have a horrendous visual impact.
Ari will be lucky to get his fish all the way to the top without rogue seagulls snatching it first.

RandomGit 1:43 pm 04 Dec 06

The artists impression shows an ugly straight line on match sticks. Where’s the shape? Where’s the colour? Where’s the interest?

Ari 12:22 pm 04 Dec 06

By the looks of the artist’s impression on the website, that would probably be true.

That could be a real problem, I imagine.

Habib 12:20 pm 04 Dec 06

According to my sources at the CYC the proposed bridge cuts off the central basin for most of their larger boats

simto 11:48 am 04 Dec 06

Stairs on the Kings avenue bridge wouldn’t be ACT government either – they’d be national capital authority.

Ari 11:46 am 04 Dec 06

The difference is that this bridge isn’t the ACT Government, but some sort of private project.

Agreeed about the stairs, though

bonfire 11:43 am 04 Dec 06

im amazed that they can build a new bridge for tourists but year after year they fail to install STAIRS on the kings avenue bridge so that people jogging/walking around the lake dont have to play frogger with cars coming off kings avenue and racing around towards kingston foreshore.

rant off.

Ari 11:25 am 04 Dec 06

I note the project’s got an official poet – Peter Skrzynecki, OAM – and that’s got to be a good sign.

Ari 11:23 am 04 Dec 06

Here’s the website for the project.

Looks like a fairly involved piece of engineering.

Those pylons would be good fish-holding areas, too.

RandomGit 11:03 am 04 Dec 06

I’d want it for the look of it as well. Large architectural oddities for their own purpose is what this city needs…….

Thumper 11:00 am 04 Dec 06

It’ll probabaly look quite spectacular.

Ari 10:42 am 04 Dec 06

I’d use the proposed bridge to get between fishing spots.

It’s actually quite convenient for that purpose.

Absent Diane 10:10 am 04 Dec 06

that would be rather amusing though..

Thumper 10:08 am 04 Dec 06

“One can only hope they build it high enough to not interfere with sail racing on the lake.”

Not a hope JB….

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