The “stupid stupid bridge”-Learning from Copenhagen’s Mistakes

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It is a “stupid stupid bridge“. From Arch Daily comes this little gem which shows that even the smart folks in Copenhagen do occasionally mess up. As colleague Elyse Parker with the City of Toronto Engineering department notes, sometimes by building a bad example you know why you won’t repeat the same mistake again. Meet the Inner Harbour Bridge, one of seventeen new bridges and underpasses built for bicycles and opened in July 2016. It has surpassed daily estimates of usage with 16,000 cyclists using it instead of the proposed 3,000 to 7,000. And author Mikael Colville-Andersen, after acknowledging that this bridge does allow people to cross the water (as bridges are inclined to do) eviscerates the designers.

“But it is a cumbersome, beastly thing that is completely and utterly out of place in the delicate urban, historical, and architectural context of its location, and a fantastic overcomplication of the…

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