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Old January 28th, 2010, 11:47 AM   #1
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New London Bridge

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Recently Chetwood Architects unveiled a stunning proposal for a futuristic London Bridge that sprouts a towering vertical farm in the midst of the Thames river. The bridge’s solar-powered spires are crowned with wind turbines and house a self-sufficent organic farm and commercial center that takes advantage of renewable energy generation, efficient use of water, solar heating, and natural ventilation
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Old January 28th, 2010, 11:50 AM   #2
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I'd rather the money be spent building this new bridge where it is needed, in the east, rather than replacing a perfectly adequate one.

It's a nice proposal though.
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Old January 28th, 2010, 12:10 PM   #3
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It looks cool! and seriously amazing!
But would it realy happen? People would whinge about it a crap load!
I'd love for it to happen though

I'd suspect it would cost a fair bit.

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Looks incredible next to The Shard
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Old January 28th, 2010, 01:51 PM   #4
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I'd rather the money be spent building this new bridge where it is needed, in the east, rather than replacing a perfectly adequate one.

It's a nice proposal though.
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.
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Old January 28th, 2010, 02:14 PM   #5
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^ In DarJoLe's eyes it has a spartan concrete beauty. Such modernist interventions in the historic cityscape provide London with its architectural excitement.

Naah just kidding. Even the Philistine wouldn't celebrate London Bridge (would he? ). And anyway I agree that a new bridge is needed more in east London.

This design is also trying way too hard and I don't like that.
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Old January 28th, 2010, 02:21 PM   #6
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I like the 70s sleekness about it but that's about it. The top needs renovating.

This proposal would never be built here anyway as from what I gather EH don't want central London Thames bridges (apart from the old ones, of course) having height (see Alsop's original Blackfriars bridge proposal, which was amazing).
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Old January 28th, 2010, 04:30 PM   #7
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What happened to Boris's living bridge plan? That looked pretty good. I think I would rather see that first.

I quite like this bridge proposal though but there is no way it would get built. It is actually intersting and organic looking. We only allow inhuman glass boxes on prominent river locations.
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Old January 28th, 2010, 04:32 PM   #8
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I really like it! It looks really cool.

I prefer the old medieval london bridge though.

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Old January 28th, 2010, 04:34 PM   #9
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What happened to Boris's living bridge plan?
Down the back of the sofa with his other barmy proposals for raising lost London rivers and a Thames Estuary airport?
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Old January 28th, 2010, 05:17 PM   #10
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Pretty pie in the sky stuff this. The plan to bolt a pedestrian bridge to the size of Cannon St has been floating around for years and thats only needed a few million to achieve so this will remain a computer visual for a long long time.

Looks like we are stuck with the current London Bridge for quite sometime. You would have thought when they last decided on rebuilding London Bridge they could have designed something more fitting or grand to go with such an iconic and historic name.
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Old January 28th, 2010, 05:51 PM   #11
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or grand to go with such an iconic and historic name.
In the era it was rebuilt it was grand. It was the late 1960s after all, when bridges were made to look as fast and sleek and as helpful to the car as they could be. Of course it now looks tired and dated but if they really wanted to make it into something special, strip off all the mottled stone work on the top to give it a clean, crisp, continuous edge, clad the whole thing in even sleeker aluminium with a thin horizontal recess near the top and place a glowing strip light within it, and hey presto a futuristic looking bridge that brings what the original design echoed but bang up to date.
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Old January 28th, 2010, 05:57 PM   #12
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^Or just buy back the old bridge from the yanks. That would make Boris a hero if he managed to do that
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Old January 28th, 2010, 06:03 PM   #13
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The old bridge is part of a theme park. Its only clad with the old stone to look like the original. We would have to rescue the rest of the bridge from some quarry in Devon.

On this I am actually in agreement with DarJoLe. I think the shape of the bridge isnt dated, just the finish. The type of treatment suggested would work fine.
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Old January 28th, 2010, 06:09 PM   #14
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To be honest it's not London Bridge that should be worried about, it's Cannon Street bridge which is the real Thames horror, and even clipping a white pedestrian walkway either side is not going to save its aesthetics I'm afraid.

Remove all the plastic additions to that and you'll get back to something at least with a bit of architectural flair.
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Old January 28th, 2010, 08:14 PM   #15
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To be honest it's not London Bridge that should be worried about, it's Cannon Street bridge which is the real Thames horror
Cannon Street Bridge has an industrial look to it which suits London, and it rests on pillars that make it look much more impressive than London Bridge. It may not be the most beautiful bridge in London, but compared to the concrete shit that is London Bridge itīs a masterpiece.
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Old January 28th, 2010, 08:46 PM   #16
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I really like it! It looks really cool.

I prefer the old medieval london bridge though.

Whoa...did it actually look like that at one point?
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Old January 28th, 2010, 09:04 PM   #17
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Whoa...did it actually look like that at one point?
I would like the old one back well something along the same lines with space for traffic ofcourse. But this won't ever happen. I like the idea of actually modernising the bridges, cleaning them up and updating the handrails and updating the traffic surfaces and lighting adding seating and perhaps planting?. Waterloo Bridge needs modernisation too it's tired and in dire need of modernisation.
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Old January 28th, 2010, 09:15 PM   #18
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This looks facking fantastic!! Give it time and it would be as iconic as Tower Bridge.

Would be amazing if it was built exactly to the above plans.

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Whoa...did it actually look like that at one point?
Yep, it was demolished in the 1700s, if i remember correctly, to make way for Rennie's London Bridge. In reality, I seriously doubt that it would have looked as grand as in that picture.
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Old January 28th, 2010, 09:30 PM   #19
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Cannon Street Bridge has an industrial look to it which suits London, and it rests on pillars that make it look much more impressive than London Bridge. It may not be the most beautiful bridge in London, but compared to the concrete shit that is London Bridge itīs a masterpiece.
Are you having a laugh?

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Old January 28th, 2010, 09:51 PM   #20
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Both look equally ugly.
End of argument.
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