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Bering Strait Project

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THE PROJECT

The Bering strait is the place where the barrier of time, space, history and ideology are revealed most dramatically. The goal of the project is to build a bridge or a tunnel bridging the gap of space and time, to lay a world highway running from London to New York, from the Cape of Good Hope to Santiago. Eventually, it aims to remove the barrier of human race, culture, religion, and nations by letting this obstructed way flow and to bring peace to the world.

What the FPU proposes for the Bering Strait Project can be rephrased as an elimination of all the barriers like spatial disconnection of national borders and chronological disconnection of today and tomorrow, and thus, stepping forward to peace and prosperity for all earth and mankind.

The Bering Strait is a seaway between Cape Prince of Wales of the United States and Cape Dezhnev of Russia and a gate between Pacific Ocean and Arctic Ocean. The Bering Strait Project has the following significances in that it attempts to connect two continents at both ends of the strait.

First, it is an enormous challenge and a historical event showing the human spirit of challenge and the dream for the future society. It brings the message that mankind should be prepared for the future world of harmony and connection rather than of separation and disjunction. This project will be a new attempt for the future society.

Second, this kind of a large scale project requires mutual efforts of not only America and Russia but also all the people and nations, no matter who they are. Through the process, mankind can cooperate and communicate with each other better.

Third, with two continents connected and transportation routes completed, exploitation of natural resources at Alaska and Siberia will be accelerated and thus, today's concerns on natural resources crisis could be alleviated. The Bering Strait Project is not only for physical connection but also contribution to the peace and prosperity of the world.

This project is a dream project attempting to connect two continents. In a wide sense, it includes building a tunnel or a bridge at both ends of the strait, extending an existing railways of the United States and Russia, and laying a world highway around the coasts of the world, which require a massive amount of construction.

Once the connection is made, the railway will go through both Uelen of Russia and Cape Prince of Wales of the United States linking the North American Rail System. A new highway will link the existing coastal highway of Uelen - Dezhnev - Tunytlino at Russia and Wales - Tin City - York at the United States.

The scope of the competition includes:

A design proposal of a peace park with a bridging structure using the two islands, Big Diomede and Little Diomede at the Bering Strait to symbolize the continuation of two continents.

An idea proposal of how to connect two continents.

The design proposal should stress out the fact that two continents are to be connected. Force of Nature divided the continent into two and the disjunction of people and nation due to this separation has been maintained for a long time.

Now two continents will be connected once again. Therefore, an entrant should express this meaning of connection in his/her work. In other words, a work should show visually and physically the link of these two Diomedes which represent the overcome of time gap and nation's border set by human.

The Promoter also encourages two Diomede Islands (American one in the front and Russian one in the back) various ideas for the connection and its means and method. The Promoter does not anticipate a technically and realistically perfect solution, however, certain level of a technical clarification for building a tunnel or a bridge in an extreme condition and harsh weather of the Bering Strait is recommended to be included in the design proposal.

For the reference, the connection line indicated in this design guideline can be adjusted or re-established because it is a virtual one.

Announcement of the Competition Results

The jury unanimously selected the followings as the winners for the International Ideas Competition for the Bering Strait Project :

1. Professional Category

■ 1st Prize(USD 55,000)

- Diomede Archipelago : Julian Restrepo (COLOMBIA)

Pablo Forero (COLOMBIA)

Manuela Mosquera (COLOMBIA)

Susana Somoza (VENEZUELA)

Tomas Jaramillo (COLOMBIA)


■ 2nd Prize(each USD 25,000)

- BERING STRAIT : Rachdi Manal (France)

architecture OFF (France)

- Bridge the Memory : Jaeik Sim (REPUBLIC OF KOREA)

Hyunwook Woo (REPUBLIC OF KOREA)

Daekwon Park (REPUBLIC OF KOREA)

Jonghyuk Lim (REPUBLIC OF KOREA)

Dongjin Lee (REPUBLIC OF KOREA)

- IMPRINTED TIME : Jitaek Shim (REPUBLIC OF KOREA)

SUNG HOON CHUNG (REPUBLIC OF KOREA)

Seung Youp Lee (REPUBLIC OF KOREA)

Seung Hwan Shim (REPUBLIC OF KOREA)

Sung Gi Park (REPUBLIC OF KOREA)

■ 3rd Prize(each USD 10,000)

- Entanglement : Evelyn Alonso (SPAIN)

Sara Sarmiento (SPAIN)

Manuel Perez (SPAIN)

- Nebula : Marek Rytych (POLAND)

Krzysztof Kryska (POLAND)

Malgorzata Piotrowska (POLAND)

Pasternak Karol (POLAND)

Radek Tabor (POLAND)

■ Honorable Mention

- CONNECT FIVE : Jessica Liew (AUSTRALIA)

Clare Kwok (AUSTRALIA)

Zi Yang Boon (AUSTRALIA)

Elissa Loh (AUSTRALIA)

Irene Ng (AUSTRALIA)

- DIOMEDE PLANE : Laurent Troost (BRAZIL)

- LIGHT OF PEACE : Jacob Forsberg (SWEDEN)

Helen Hallberg (SWEDEN)

- SUSPENDED TIME : Ben Addy (UNITED KINGDOM)

2. Student Category

■ 1st Prize(USD 15,000)

- Nature Must Colonize Human : Taegon Kim (REPUBLIC OF KOREA)

SeongJae Lee (REPUBLIC OF KOREA)

Joohui Son (REPUBLIC OF KOREA)

■ 2nd Prize(each USD 10,000)

- Gone with the wind : Hyunil Oh (REPUBLIC OF KOREA)

Jongwon Lee (REPUBLIC OF KOREA)

Jaesuk Choi (REPUBLIC OF KOREA)

Sangyoon Lee (REPUBLIC OF KOREA)

- RISING LAND : Jannik Duellmann (GERMANY)

Philipp Lueffe (GERMANY)

Pascal Maas (GERMANY)

■ 3rd Prize(each USD 5,000)

- INVISIBLE BRIDGE : Hyungi Kim (REPUBLIC OF KOREA)

Jihwan Moon (REPUBLIC OF KOREA)

Tahn Shin (REPUBLIC OF KOREA)

Sungyeol Choi (REPUBLIC OF KOREA)

Hanbyul Rhee (REPUBLIC OF KOREA)


- SOLID LINKING : Antoine Denieau (FRANCE)

- Trans Bering Strait Tunnel & International Peace Park Memorial

: Julian Huang (UNITED KINGDOM)

Vimal Mehta (UNITED KINGDOM)

James Petty (UNITED STATES)

Hongtao Wei (CHINA)


■ Honorable Mention

- BREAKWATER : Joohyung Oh (REPUBLIC OF KOREA)

Yunsuk Lee (REPUBLIC OF KOREA)

Doosan Baek (REPUBLIC OF KOREA)


- Invisible Bridge : DeokKi Hong (REPUBLIC OF KOREA)

JaeKyu Han (REPUBLIC OF KOREA)

WooYoung Park (REPUBLIC OF KOREA)

DaeSoon Kim (REPUBLIC OF KOREA)

Seok Choo (REPUBLIC OF KOREA)


- Moving island : HeuckJin Jung (REPUBLIC OF KOREA)

HwanSuk Choi (REPUBLIC OF KOREA)

DaeHyun Kim (REPUBLIC OF KOREA)


- SMILE ! : Piotr Bialobrzeski (POLAND)

Marcin Kulesza (POLAND)


- The Heteropia : Sung Jun Bae (REPUBLIC OF KOREA)

Hyo Young Park (REPUBLIC OF KOREA)

Jae Won Heo (REPUBLIC OF KOREA)

Jung Jae Park (REPUBLIC OF KOREA)


The jury unanimously agreed on the redistribution of the prize money and the number of second and third prize winners on the basis of the competition regulation.

IMAGES:



THE WINNER PROJECT: TO BUILD AND ARCHIPELAGO


WINNER'S WEB PAGE (COLOMBIA & VENEZUELA): http://www.taller301.com/

http://www.bering-competition.org/

More images and details of Winners coming soon ;)
 

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I think the winner project is terrible, but who can design something like that? an archipielago in bering strait...is it necesary? really? ...a simple bridge would have been better, do you have images of the other projetcs?
I suppost they will not build that no? the winner is not a serious project.. hilarious..
 

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the bering strait is between 10-50 metres deep, it is IDEAL for tunneling
if anything, it should be one ~80km long tunnel drilled from 6 directions

solely for trains, since the only possible reason for this would be to transfer freight traffic from ships to trains


one of the reasons a bridge would be very hard and costly is the icing: it would make it very hard to construct the hundreds of pilons and make them resists a moving layer (!) of ice thats several metres thick...
 

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It would be awesome to be able to drive to Asia from here. Now why couldn't Russia had sold Alaska to Canada instead? Canada would have a decent sized west coast if Alaska was in Canada.
 

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It would be awesome to be able to drive to Asia from here. Now why couldn't Russia had sold Alaska to Canada instead? Canada would have a decent sized west coast if Alaska was in Canada.
Because russians wanted to put away british, so they decided to give it to americans.
 

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Man will land on the Mars prior this project gets realized.

Russian-American/Canadian trade must grow insanely if there is a need for this project.

Just because you can do it, doesn't mean you should do it.
 

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As I have posited in other forvms, where would the break in railroad standards (1435 mm track gauge/AAR coupling in North America vs 1520 mm track gauge/SA-3 coupling in Russia) occur and how would that be addressed in such a way to MAXIMIZE traffic throughput? ANY dwell-time delays relating to the break in rail standards could easily make a Bering Strait crossing uncompetitive with ships.

One factor in such a decision could be that China (a MAJOR trading partner of North America - see the above post) uses the North American railroad standard.

This is NOT a minor issue to be addressed with any such crossing, assuming that the other roadblocks (climate, financial, etc) can be taken care of.

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^^ in the unlikely circumstance of this every being built, standard gauge would do fine: all the way to China. Anything going west of Vladivistok could go through bogie exchange there, just like the trains from Beijing through Mongolia do (and the trains carrying steel from South Australia do here in Melbourne, Australia).
 

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As I have posited in other forvms, where would the break in railroad standards (1435 mm track gauge/AAR coupling in North America vs 1520 mm track gauge/SA-3 coupling in Russia) occur and how would that be addressed in such a way to MAXIMIZE traffic throughput? ANY dwell-time delays relating to the break in rail standards could easily make a Bering Strait crossing uncompetitive with ships.

One factor in such a decision could be that China (a MAJOR trading partner of North America - see the above post) uses the North American railroad standard.

This is NOT a minor issue to be addressed with any such crossing, assuming that the other roadblocks (climate, financial, etc) can be taken care of.

Mike
First off, since there is almost no railroad in the russian section, i'd say the section in Russia should be built to either standard gauge or double gauge.

Second, even if this requires changing trains (twice), the container trains can be on their way within hours, if the system is optimized.

I'd say if the railroads are in good condition, trains would average 2-3x the speed of ships so I think they would be competitive.
 

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First off, since there is almost no railroad in the russian section, i'd say the section in Russia should be built to either standard gauge or double gauge.

Second, even if this requires changing trains (twice), the container trains can be on their way within hours, if the system is optimized.

I'd say if the railroads are in good condition, trains would average 2-3x the speed of ships so I think they would be competitive.
There is some railway traffic between Europe and China over Russia and Kazakhstan. But the volume is not so high, even if it takes only 2 weeks compared to 2 months shipping. It is too expensive compared with shipping. The two breaks-of-gauges are one of the problems.

If that connection is not very competitive even if it is much shorter distance and the railway is there, how can a Bering Strait railway (must be built all the way between China and southern Canada) be profitable?

But economic feasibility is not a top priority on this discussion forum.

I think it will never be built, as the tunnel across the Atlantic will never be built.

We will save taxpayer's money by using other ways of transport. Air for passengers and mail, and shipping for freight.
 

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There is some railway traffic between Europe and China over Russia and Kazakhstan. But the volume is not so high, even if it takes only 2 weeks compared to 2 months shipping. It is too expensive compared with shipping. The two breaks-of-gauges are one of the problems.

If that connection is not very competitive even if it is much shorter distance and the railway is there, how can a Bering Strait railway (must be built all the way between China and southern Canada) be profitable?

But economic feasibility is not a top priority on this discussion forum.

I think it will never be built, as the tunnel across the Atlantic will never be built.

We will save taxpayer's money by using other ways of transport. Air for passengers and mail, and shipping for freight.

I reckon the project would take a great many years to cover the contruction cost, much like the Channel Tunnel will do.

However, from an operational perspective, I'd imagine the Bering Strait link would be a great success, as it would be a much smoother all-rail system in comparision to the one which serves Europe via the Trans Siberian.

I would expect the standard gauge tracks to extend far in to Russia, and from where they meet the existing broad gauge network, there would be dual-gauge route to the China border.

So without any gauge changes, there's no doubt that China and the private US rail companies would offer the market with a price-competitive alternative to shipping.

But when is someone going to pay for it all? Not anytime soon, and not in the lifetime of anyone on this thread!

Perhaps in a hundred years time or so the moment will be right...
 
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