Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Plans to Convert Bay Bridge to Livable Neighborhood

Bay Area architects Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello have recommended taking the disused section of the Oakland Bay Bridge, left abandoned following recent renovations, and constructing an urbanized neighborhood rather than destroying the still structurally sound bridge. While for the most part the plans show parks, swimming pools, and walkable views of the bay, the report goes on to state "The immense load capacity of rail bridges allows for the support of program beyond that of parks, suggesting the urbanization of bridges."

Very cool, especially considering William Gibson has repeatedly had such ideas in his novels, referring to them as interstitial living spaces. Though unlikely to actually happen, I would definitely love to live on the "Bay Line."

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