4 December 2006

The bridge to nowhere?

| johnboy
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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.

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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 ?

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.

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

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

That could be a real problem, I imagine.

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

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

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

Agreeed about the stairs, though

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.

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

Here’s the website for the project.

Looks like a fairly involved piece of engineering.

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

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

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

It’s actually quite convenient for that purpose.

Absent Diane10:10 am 04 Dec 06

that would be rather amusing though..

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