The Plan to Keep People From Jumping Off the Golden Gate Bridge

More people have committed suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge than on any other structure in the world—someone jumps from the bridge to their death about every two weeks. But those figures could be dramatically reduced if a proposed suicide-prevention barrier is installed later this year, as advocates hope. » 4/17/14 3:20pm 4/17/14 3:20pm

Homeless New Yorkers Are Living Inside the Manhattan Bridge

We've all heard of the lengths to which NYC's homeless have gone to find shelter, from living in abandoned factories to building whole encampments inside subway tunnels. But a report from the New York Post goes one step further, describing how people are now making homes out of small nooks and crannies between the… » 4/14/14 4:40pm 4/14/14 4:40pm

Why Cities Need to Stop Commissioning Calatrava's Fish Skeletons

I remember the first time I saw a Santiago Calatrava bridge, a spinal column of calcium-white ribs snaking across a Spanish ravine. "That's cool," I thought. Then, a few years and a few thousand miles away, I saw another one. And another one. And another one. » 3/17/14 2:40pm 3/17/14 2:40pm

China's Suspension Giant Is 3,500 Feet Longer Than the Brooklyn Bridge

The Yangtze River is the third longest in the world, and it's served as a critical artery in the beating heart of China's economic boom. It's also incredibly wide at points—which has forced China to become a top contender in the race to build the most advanced long-span bridges in the world. Taizhou Bridge is… » 11/19/13 2:42pm 11/19/13 2:42pm

China is building an alien looking mobius strip-inspired bridge

Because China lives in a world where they can build anything by yesterday, we often get to see a lot of architectural miscues and all around building hilariousness. This isn't one of them. This one's actually awesome. » 11/05/13 8:33pm 11/05/13 8:33pm

Transforming the Old Bay Bridge Into a Park for Adventure Tourists

Now that the new Bay Bridge is here, what to do with the old one...? Is the slow and expensive demolition of the iconic structure really the best or even most cost-effective answer? A handful of local proposals have emerged, both earnest and speculative, hoping to find perhaps at least some useful future for the now… » 9/26/13 5:40pm 9/26/13 5:40pm

Does This Buckling Bridge Hint at Larger US Infrastructural Woes?

Green Bay drivers were treated to an unwelcome surprise yesterday, when the discovery of a dramatically sagging pier on the heavily trafficked Leo Frigo bridge (named after a cheese magnate, because Wisconsin) forced its indefinite closure. The incident coincided with a new AP report about the deteriorating state of… » 9/26/13 3:01pm 9/26/13 3:01pm

The Two-Year Plan To Demolish San Francisco's Old Bay Bridge

It’s been almost a month now since the brand new eastern span of the Bay Bridge officially opened for traffic—24 years and nearly $6.4 billion since 1989’s Loma Prieta earthquake collapsed a section of the original. Now they stand side-by-side, but not for (too) long; a “construction and demolition” plan is underway to … » 9/25/13 11:44am 9/25/13 11:44am

A Terrifying Staircase To Nowhere Provides Dizzying Views Of the Alps

Apparently, stunning views of one of the most picturesque mountain ranges in the world aren't enough for visitors of the Dachstein Glacier resort in Austria. So the facility has installed a 14-step 'staircase to nothing' leading to a glass-bottomed viewing platform that juts out from the side of the glacier, and a… » 7/09/13 1:00pm 7/09/13 1:00pm

This Beautiful Footbridge Is Inspired by Japanese Hand Fans

Normally, the fact that a city approved a new pedestrian footbridge for construction would be rather, let’s say, pedestrian. But when the bridge in question is also a "kinetic sculpture," things get more interesting. The Merchant Square Footbridge, a sculptural bridge designed by Knight Architects, is slated to open next … » 5/09/13 12:48pm 5/09/13 12:48pm

Vietnam Builds a Giant Fire-Breathing Dragon Bridge To Commemorate the …

To celebrate the 38th anniversary of the liberation of Da Nang, the Vietnam government built this awesome dragon-shaped bridge over the Han River. And to ensure that it totally one-upped the light show on San Francisco's Bay Bridge, this one is covered in over 2,500 LED lights—oh, and it also breathes fire. » 4/04/13 8:39am 4/04/13 8:39am

Your Monday Morning Explosion Fix: Watch This Bridge Blow Up in…

The US-281 Bridge in Marble Falls, Texas had to go. Fortunately for us, the best way to do that involved a whole bunch of explosives. The bridge was demolished yesterday morning with a series of explosions that made one specular last trip across the steel span. And while stuff blowing up is always awesome, stuff… » 3/18/13 10:43am 3/18/13 10:43am

The World's Longest Floating Bridge Is No Longer Dying

At more than 7,580 feet long, Seattle's Governor Albert D. Rosellini Bridge is already the world's longest floating bridge. But after fifty years of service the four-lane concrete span has aged worse than Gerard Depardieu. Its pontoon supports can no longer endure the region's strong storms and the bridge itself is… » 2/22/13 12:00pm 2/22/13 12:00pm