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Old January 28th, 2010, 09:58 PM   #21
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they are terrible.
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Old January 28th, 2010, 10:38 PM   #22
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And both easily rectified by removing the outer covering of Cannon Street and implementing my plan for London Bridge.
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Old January 29th, 2010, 12:05 PM   #23
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Both look equally ugly.
End of argument.
But London Bridge has an attractive shape to it. If it was a building it would simply be reclad.

The Cannon Street bridge is not only covered with dirty plastic 'cladding' but is a boring shape as well. I'm assuming under the plastic it is just a steelwork frame. If it was exposed it would look a bit like Hungerford Bridge which is a least a little less offensive on the eye.
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Old January 29th, 2010, 12:21 PM   #24
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Most of the ornaments along the top have been destroyed though.
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Old January 29th, 2010, 04:01 PM   #25
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Are you having a laugh?
Cannon Street Bridge has much potential like you said yourself. If you look beyond the dirty plastic CSB is a classy bridge. It used to look very good. Why were the ornaments removed??

London Bridge, on the other hand, is shit. If it was clad in stone, it would look much better.
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Old January 29th, 2010, 04:14 PM   #26
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Why were the ornaments removed??
So they could put on the plastic.
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Old January 29th, 2010, 04:23 PM   #27
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Thomas Telford’s London bridge design.

Telfords 180m single arch proposal for the 1799 competition to design a replacement for the Medieval London Bridge. The design was not adopted due to the amount of land required for the approaches. A new bridge, designed by John Rennie, and completed by his son, was built in 1824-31.





Rocker-Lange Architects are releasing their proposal for the “London Bridge 800: Inhabited Bridge” competition. The proposal for a Living Bridge over the River Thames was one of the schemes of the Living Bridge Competition for the 800’s aniversery of London Bridge, London. The scheme was selected by the jury to be included in several exhibitions in London and Manchester.

The proposal seeks to readdress the typology of the terraced house in a contemporary interpretation by implementing the concept of cross scalar variation to achieve varying programmatic and formal identity and a unique spatial configuration. On the other hand the scheme provides a uniform and holistic building envelope for the entire composition on London Bridge, ensuring a strong iconic identity for the structure and the city.

The bridge provides two main promenades that are situated on the perimeter of the bridge. While the east promenade is accessible to both, vehicles and pedestrians the west promenade is only accessible to pedestrians. Intervals of cross connectivity through the commercial folded landscape are structured by the terraced housing arrangement and generate an easy movement between the two promenades.



London architect and tutor at the Architectural Association - Lawrence Friesen.

He designed a sinuous second bridge to be built above the existing crossing, which would allow traffic to continue using the link.
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Old January 29th, 2010, 05:17 PM   #28
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That iron bridge is utterly awesome.
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Old January 29th, 2010, 07:04 PM   #29
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That Telford bridge would have been a sight to behold. Sigh
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Old January 29th, 2010, 11:04 PM   #30
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That Telford bridge would have been a sight to behold. Sigh
Absolutely. Stunning. And low and behold a curve! Compare to the recent 'lego' proposal shown in those pictues that DarJoLe posted. A function of the tools available for designers (ever tried coding splines on a PC? Tough. Boxes are nice )

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Old January 29th, 2010, 11:28 PM   #31
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Most of the ornaments along the top have been destroyed though.
Would it be possible for them to put these "classical nonsense" ornaments back?
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Old January 29th, 2010, 11:33 PM   #32
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Would it be possible for them to put these "classical nonsense" ornaments back?
Unlikly.
To be honest, I think they are a bit bit Brighton Pier anyway.....
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Old January 29th, 2010, 11:52 PM   #33
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That iron bridge is utterly awesome.
Of course it is.

But I am biased
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Old January 30th, 2010, 12:46 AM   #34
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I'm a lover of moderninity (in the right place) but that first bridge is stunning. I wish they could build that now as a replacement. Perhaps with a modern touch?
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Old January 30th, 2010, 03:00 AM   #35
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Can you see the caos caused by rebuilding the bridge? but I agree the telford bridge is amazing, something calatrava pehaps would do these days? but with gothic details..
The other proposals are awful, and an AA tutor coming up with that nonsense doesn't say much about his teaching.
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Old January 30th, 2010, 04:24 AM   #36
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Can you see the caos caused by rebuilding the bridge?.
IIRC they built the current bridge in two halves, keeping traffic running on one side and then the other.

It was rather exciting going over it at the time in my dad's car when I was very small.

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The current bridge was built in the same location as Rennie's bridge, with the previous bridge remaining in use while the first two girders were constructed upstream and downstream. Traffic was then transferred onto the two new girders, and the previous bridge demolished to allow the final two central girders to be added.
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Old January 30th, 2010, 04:29 AM   #37
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I just figured what the bridge in the OP reminds me of

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Old January 30th, 2010, 04:30 AM   #38
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But the current London Bridge is a major eyesore. I needs to be demolished as soon as possible. Itīs supposed to be one of Londonīs most famous bridges, and it looks like a highway flyover.
An eyesore, I think it's beautiful.
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Old January 30th, 2010, 04:05 PM   #39
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That Telford design is undoubtedly great. But I think the context helps too. With only St. Pauls dominating, it makes that part of London look like a spacious gateway and almost Venice like. Now you'd have to consider the built up and blocky nature of both sides of the Thames.
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Old January 30th, 2010, 07:17 PM   #40
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Great thread here! The Telford bridge remind me of some of those crossing the Seine.

And whilst we're showing old proposals for London Bridge, here's a model of a Richard Seifert one from an 80s AJ article:



Not the best quality, but it's the only image I've ever seen of it.
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