As London both expands along the Thames Gateway and prepares for the 2012 Olympic Games it will require new bridges to make new connections. SPANS explores a select number of contemporary bridges to explore different approaches to design, celebrating the joy of crossing, connecting places and engineering. Case studies include both major arteries and small pedestrian footbridges giving equal importance to both. One of the major features of the exhibition is the rapid prototype model of the Crossings project in Dorset produced specifically for the exhibition by Cadventure. Other major projects include the Xstrata Treetop Walkway at Kew Gardens, the 2012 Olympic Park Footbridge, the Mobius Bridge in Bristol, the Living Bridge in Limerick and many others. Additionally, the Café Gallery will host an exhibition on the renowned Millau Viaduct in France.
The exhibition is part of the joint Building Centre/New London Architecture education programme and will be curated and produced by The Building Centre Trust.
Wednesdays, 8.30 am
In conjunction with The Building Centre's major exhibition: 'SPANS: viaducts, bridges and walkways', there is a series of morning talks by leading architects and engineers who have designed bridges featured in the exhibition. Places are free of charge, but booking is essential.
Wednesday 30 July, 8:30am
Tim Lucas, Partner, Price & Myers
Wednesday 6 August, 8:30am
Albert Taylor and Paul Scott, Adams Kara Taylor
Wednesday 13 August, 8:30am
Chris Wise, Director, Expedition Engineering
Wednesday 20 August, 8:30am
Jim Eyre, Director, Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Wednesday 3 September, 8:30am
Matthew Wells, Director, Techniker
Wednesday 10 September, 8:30am
Martin Knight, Knight Architects
and Renato Benedetti, Partner, McDowell+Benedetti
Wednesday 17 September, 8:30am
Julia Barfield, Director, Marks Barfield Architects
and Jane Wernick, Director, Jane Wernick Associates
Exhibition sponsored by
The Concrete Centre
Exhibition Supported by
The Engineering Club
Click here to download the SPANS catalogue.