Two Pessimistic Outlooks on Fixing the Nation's Bridges | Planetizen
Politicians uninterested in helping fix the situation, leaving repairs to emergency funds. And endangering the public…
NPR’S Scott Simon introduces the topic (on the audio version) with this somber revelation: “[C]hances are 1 in 9 that a bridge you drive over has been deemed structurally deficient, or basically in bad shape, by the federal government.” Worse yet, “there is no consensus on how to tackle the problem or pay for proposed solutions”.
In the aftermath of the collapse of the Skagit River Bridge, NPR’s Brian Naylor interviews Barry LePatner, a New York real estate and construction lawyer and author of Too Big to Fall: America’s Failing Infrastructure and the Way Forward, that analyzed the collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, Minn. in August, 2007.
hi Michael Cote,My names is Benjamin Hale. I am a post grad student of the UniversityManchester currently undertaking my masters in architecture. I am looking at Venice as a possible location for a project as I find it to be a fascinating city. Im conducting an urban analysis in order to better understand the typologies found in the city and to ascertain the reasons why it has evolved in the way that it has. Could you please point me in the direction of some decent visual and reading material?:)
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Thanks for the note. How on earth did you know I studied/toured Venice??
Architectural histories of Venice are a dime a dozen. I’d try to get into the heads of actual Venetians. Also, there is a firm that is hired exclusively by the city to maintain the canals and piazzas. They mostly do stone-work-restoration and are experts at it. Sorry, but the name slips my mind, but you can google around. What’s interesting about their firm is that they document the processes very precisely and publish it on line with movie clips and very visual reports.
Some quick recommendations:
Across the Bridge of Sighs.
Italia Nostra’s study on Venice is good, but you’ll need translation.
Search the Venice very excellent but cumbersome university library system.
The Venice Ministry of Culture (can’t find the link, might be Rome MoC or Italy MoC).
SACAIM, for restoration (not the best site, but dig through it)
And of course UNESCO’s Venice Office has ultra-high quality reports.
Cheers and keep in touch!