Genoa Bridge Collapse: Thoughts & Contemplations

Genoa Bridge Collapse:

Contemplations on travel and architectural infrastructure.

Published by Zorana Kostovic | Associate | Project Manager

Truly disturbing news – a motorway bridge has collapsed in Genoa, Italy. The bridge, which was a little over 50 years old, unexpectedly collapsed after heavy rainfall. Tragically, over 22 casualties have been reported.

The images, and even a video of the bridge collapsing, instills people with a range of emotions from sorrow to despair. Many individuals are left wondering, how safe is an average days commute?

I generally have a soft spot for bridges – for the engineering as well as the beauty and social and cultural importance of bridges for every society. I like them new and old, long and short, high in the air and low above the water, for vehicles and for pedestrians…

 

Historic bridges like this one are my favorite – The Old Stone Bridge in Visegrad. Built during the XVI Century, Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge, has simplified crossing the Drina River between Bosnia and Herzegovina for over 400 years.

Final Thoughts:

I do feel disheartened when a bridge collapses or gets destroyed.

This is the one I don’t think I will ever forget – a clear demonstration of the laws of physics and seismic movements in action.

Kobe, Japan, earthquake of 1995

I have a serious problem justifying the destruction of bridges through war actions. I think it overall hurts more than it (temporarily) contributes. Some of the casualties of war that I know and care about: 60-yr old steel bridge over Danube River in Novi Sad (Serbia)& Old Stone Bridge in Mostar (Bosnia, XVI Century AD)

Žeželj BridgeSteel Bridge over Danube River in Novi Sad (Serbia, 1961-1999)

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Stari Most Bridge – Old Stone Bridge in Mostar (Bosnia, XVI Century AD)

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