The Henderson Waves Bridge in Singapore:

At 36 metres above Henderson Road, Henderson Waves is the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore. It was built to connect the two hills of Mount Faber and Telok Blangah Hill.

The bridge has a unique wave-form made up of seven undulating curved steel “ribs” that alternately rise over and under its deck. The curved “ribs” form alcoves that function as shelters with seats within.

Slats of yellow balau wood, an all-weather timber found in South-East Asia, are used in the decking. Look out for carvings on the slats marking the height you are at on various points along the bridge.

The wave-forms will be lit with attractive LED light from 7pm to 2am daily, giving the bridge an illuminative glow.

Go here for 15 more beautiful and colourful bridges.  [Thanks to Gladys We.]

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No shortage of irony here: just as “Get Moving B.C.” is comparing us to Calgary to justify more bridges for cars, Calgary is debating the need to build more pedestrian bridges (or passerelles):

City council recently approved $25 million to design and build one pedestrian bridge and design another….  The total cost of the two bridges will be close to $40 million, perhaps $50 million, with the balance coming from sales of city-owned land in the East Village.  Santiago Calatrava, a Spaniard who is the Michelangelo of pedestrian bridge construction, is being touted as a possible architect for at least one of the bridges.

More here.

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Keep ’em coming, folks.  Here’s a favoured passerelle from PT reader Chris:

The Esplanade Riel was built in Winnipeg a few years ago. It was highly contentious because of the cost of running plumbing for a restaurant in the middle, but it is one of the most photographed locations in the city now.

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More bridges, (passerelle division).

Stephen Bayley of The Observer writes here about the love affair architects have with pedestrian bridges:

Nicely combining art and engineering, bridge design belongs to both architecture and engineering (although at the Millennium Bridge the sculptor Anthony Caro got a credit too). But in recent years, architects have become ever more interested in them, even usurping the engineers with the bylines. There was a time when every architect wanted to design a chair (whose structural duties make them similar to bridges). But now, evidence of the organically enlarging egos of topline architects, only a bridge will do.

And he gives some examples from around the British Isles, like the new Temple Quay bridge in Bristol, just being finished:

 The “Living Bridge” at the University of Limerick:

And a bridge in Castleford in West Yorkshire – the starting point for an urban regeneration program:

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This time it’s Singapore that’s building a low-level pedestrian bridge at Marina Bay:

The design is by the Cox Group and Arup. 

I’ve been arguing here and here that Vancouver needs its own passerelle across False Creek (in addition to the small one at the Olympic Village).  Now that the City has indicated it will not fund a Burrard Bridge widening in the next capital plan, it’s time to seriously look at alternatives.  Surely we can find a way to both accommodate vessels in False Creek and proceed with the most important sustainable transportation project on the agenda. 

In fact, the election should not pass without a commitment from the candidates.

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