The Urbanist

Water under the bridge

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11 August 2016

Episode 252

30 minutes


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Bridges play an active role in the way in which we interact with cities and they also influence how our urban environments evolve. This week we discover how something that is meant to unite us can be divisive, from a pedestrian crossing in Adelaide to Calgary’s Peace Bridge. Plus: we ask why it has taken London so long to build a new bridge over the Thames.

11 August 2016

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Chapter 1

4 minutes


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Chapter 1

Calgary: Peace Bridge

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Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the Peace Bridge in Calgary, Alberta is a safe haven where pedestrians and cyclists cross the river Bow. However, it hasn’t always been cherished.

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Chapter 2

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London: building bridges?

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In recent years there have been many proposals for new bridges in London, from the Garden Bridge to the Nine Elms crossing. We ask why it has taken so long to build a new bridge over the Thames.

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Chapter 3

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Adelaide’s new pedestrian bridge

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Adelaide in Southern Australia is undergoing a makeover. The beating heart of the city is on the southern side of the River Torrens but the building of a massive sports arena on the northern side meant a connecting footbridge was needed.

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