Lunch at a Landmark: Norman Foster explains the creative process behind his iconic structures

The Millennium Bridge in London

The Millennium Bridge in London. (Dark Dwarf)

On October 7, the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation hosted its annual “Lunch at a Landmark” at the top of the Hearst Tower. Guests, New York’s elite architectural, design, and preservation cognoscenti, were offered a rare insight into the building—one from Norman Foster himself.

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Report: Red tape and deferred maintenance balloon U.S. infrastructure costs to $3.7 trillion

City Terrain, National, News, Transportation
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
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The overhead steel truss on a pair of I-5 bridges spanning the Skookumchuck River in Washington State is one piece of infrastructure getting overdue repairs. Hits from overheight loads will be fixed and the overhead clearance will be straightened out to and even height across all lanes. (Washington State Department of Transportation)

The overhead steel truss on a pair of I-5 bridges spanning the Skookumchuck River in Washington State is one piece of infrastructure getting overdue repairs. Hits from overheight loads will be fixed and the overhead clearance will be straightened out to and even height across all lanes. (Washington State Department of Transportation via Flickr)

A new report attempts to quantify the cost of our national reluctance to fix aging bridges, railroads and power lines. Delays in approving infrastructure projects cost the United States some $3.7 trillion, according to the nonpartisan think tank Common Good—more than twice what it would take to fix the infrastructure in the first place, according to a report titled Two Years, Not Ten Years: Redesigning Infrastructure Approvals.

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New York state unveils new pedestrian and cyclist bridge now under construction in Upper Manhattan

City Terrain, East, Transportation
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
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The $24.4million proposal is under way. (Courtesy NYDOT)

The $24.4million proposal is under way. (Courtesy NYDOT)

New York State Department of Transportation (NYDOT) Commissioner Matthew J. Driscoll has revealed a $24.4 million bicycle and pedestrian bridge at 151st Street in Manhattan. Crossing the Henry Hudson Parkway and the adjacent Amtrak line, the new bridge will connect West Harlem with the Hudson River Greenway.

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Watch the first arch of Santiago Calatrava’s Margaret McDermott Bridge get topped off in Dallas

Courtesy Santiago Calatrava

Courtesy Santiago Calatrava

An important milestone for what is set to be Dallas’ newest landmark was just reached as the first arch of Santiago Calatrava‘s Margaret McDermott Bridges project was completed in late August.

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New robot technology by Dutch designer can 3D-print a steel bridge in mid-air over a canal

(Courtesy MX3D)

(Courtesy MX3D)

New to the list of job functions up for replacement by technology: bridge construction. Dutch designer Joris Laarman has founded MX3D, a research and development company currently tinkering with a never-before-seen 3D printer that can weld steel objects in mid-air.

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Every year, a community in Peru rebuilds this 230-foot suspension bridge out of local grasses

(Courtesy National Museum of the American Indian)

(Courtesy National Museum of the American Indian)

Every year, one of the world’s most tensile rope suspension bridges—straddling a 230-foot-wide canyon in Peru—is handwoven from dried grass. In deference to elemental wear-and-tear, the bridge is painstakingly reconstructed every year by Quechua-speaking communities on either side of the chasm in a ceremonial ritual lasting three days, always ending in song and dance.

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A long-abandoned New York City aqueduct reopens as bike and pedestrian path

At the High Bridge ribbon cutting. (NYC Parks Department)

City officials at the High Bridge ribbon cutting. (NYC Parks Department)

After 45 years, New York City’s oldest standing bridge has been returned to its former glory. On Tuesday, city officials and local advocates cut the ribbon on the newly-revitalized, High Bridge, which stretches 1,450 feet across the Harlem River, from Upper Manhattan to the Bronx.

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Two outdated Atlanta bridges get a major design redo thanks to these winning design teams

sin(uosity). (Courtesy Max Neiswander and Luke Kvasnicka)

The winning entry, sin(uosity). (Courtesy Max Neiswander and Luke Kvasnicka)

Winners of the Atlanta Bridgescape Competition were announced last week at the AIA Conference that was held in the city. The competition, launched earlier this year, asked multidisciplinary teams to reimagine two of Atlanta’s outdated bridges with a budget of about $3 million.

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Here’s the final stage design of Thomas Heatherwick’s controversial London Garden Bridge

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Dan Pearson’s landscapes are the last part of the design for London’s controversial Garden Bridge to be unveiled. Courtesy Arup.

The final touches have been put on London’s now-infamous Garden Bridge, designed by Heatherwick Studio with Arup and landscape designer Dan Pearson. The most recent renderings, released early this week, show exactly what the spaces on the bridge will look like by offering an up-close look at the garden-like landscaping. The Garden Bridge Trust (GBT) describes it as an “oasis of escapism.”

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Pictorial> Crews taking down Santa Monica’s California Incline for replacement project

(Elizabeth Daniels)

(Elizabeth Daniels)

On April 20, construction workers began demolishing Santa Monica‘s California Incline, a longtime connector between the Pacific Coast Highway and the city’s overlooking bluffs.

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Architects in Barcelona are remaking this tired, old bridge into a glow-in-the-dark, smog-eating sustainability machine

(Courtesy BCQ)

(Courtesy BCQ)

Spanish architecture studio BCQ recently announced plans to upgrade the arterial Sarajevo Bridge in Barcelona to be self-cleaning, smog-eating, and boast hanging gardens to boot.

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Kansas City’s Union Station hires Burns & McDonnell for $7.5 million renovation of public spaces

Preliminary renderings show Kansas City's rail hub could have a new landscape design by 2017. (Burns & McDonnell)

Preliminary renderings show Kansas City’s rail hub could have a new landscape design by 2017. (Burns & McDonnell)

Kansas City‘s main rail station will get a $7.5 million expansion and streetscape improvement, local officials announced this week, including a new bridge designed to improve circulation between the terminal’s “front and back yards.”

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