It's easy to ignore bridges, but they are vital in helping people and goods to move around cities. We should celebrate these unsung heroes.
Last week, consultation started on a plan by actress Joanna Lumley and designer Thomas Heatherwick to develop a garden bridge over London's River Thames by 2018, which I covered in my blog yesterday. This is not Heatherwick's first bridge, as he also designed the curling footbridge (see below) in Paddington Basin in London, which opened in 2004.
This technologically innovative bridge got me thinking about which other urban bridges I find most interesting. By "urban bridge," I mean a bridge either in the centre of a city or one adjoined to a city; and I'm not necessarily looking for the most inspiring pieces of engineering.
Click on the photo below to start the slideshow of my top 20:
1) Rolling Bridge in London, UK
Heatherwick Studio designed this bridge to span an inlet of the Grand Union Canal, and it was completed in 2004. The bridge uses hydraulics to curl up to let boats through and uncurl to let pedestrians cross.
(Source: Andrew Cullen via Flickr)
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