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)

Sheboygan Police Station – Case Study

Arch Daily – Sheboygan, WI

Designed by Zimmerman Architectural Studios of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Sheboygan Police Station is a municipal facility that was awarded an AIA Wisconsin Merit Award in 2011.  Perhaps the most signature element of the architectural scheme would be the blue glow that emanates from the structure — a revered and feared image standing as a symbol for law and order in the community.According to the architect, the 30,000sf police station was design to identify programmatic redundancies and deliver optimal flexible space without compromising the functional aspects of their service.  In doing so, the plan was organized around a primary circulation spine, which allows the different police divisions to share common space and circulation while maintaining a necessary sense of interdepartmental privacy.

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