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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Such nice pictures.

I can't tell if this is serious, but it is infrastructure pron, so I don't care.

7 Comments:

Anonymous emir said...

Which reminds me, I quite like the Boyne Bridge. I heard a radio interview with the designing engineer ages ago, and it was very interersting. The main bits I can remember now are (1) he was delighted as an engineer to get to design something with major visual impact, and not have it always be architects (2) they decided to go for this type of bridge rather than a more conventional design so that the coolness would be visible to the people crossing the bridge who would be the main users (3) they tried out different lighting colours before settling on one and they had people stationed in the nearby town to report by phone on how the colours looked (3a)the lighting experts were German or something and at one stage suggested a red, white and blue combo. (This would be a VERY BAD idea considering the associations of those colours and the closeness to the NI border.)

2:27 AM  
Anonymous emir said...

Forgot to link to this.

6:38 AM  
Anonymous Thelonious_Nick said...

I'm pretty sure this is supposed to be a joke, although the sarcasm is a little subtle. I did note when I was in Seattle how the city's waterfront--which should be the crowning glory of an otherwise superbly beautiful city--was marred by this elevated highway.

7:19 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Emir,

That's an awesome bridge. City of Redding put in a cool Sundial Bridge.

t_n:

See, I thought it might be sarcastic from the tone of some of the commenters. But you can't put up a bunch of pictures of cool viaducts and then expect me to get a joke like that.

7:52 AM  
Blogger Colin said...

Speaking of infrastructure pr0n, have you seen the Falkirk Wheel. I think I would rent a boat just for the chance to ride it.

5:18 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Ooooooh. That IS nice.

5:32 PM  
Blogger Colin said...

(Remember, folks, Previewing can help prevent the senseless tragedy of misplaced punctuation. Here, for instance, is the question mark "?" left by the side of the road by a thoughtless previous comment.)

My favourite bit about the Falkirk wheel is this: "because the gondolas are always in balance (because boats displace their own weight of water) moving them takes surprisingly little power." Is that not awesomely elegant? This other bit is good, too: "the lower gondola opens out into a 100m circular basin whose landscaping carefully conceals its origins as an open cast pit" -- but it can't really compete.

5:52 AM  

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