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Each floor of the structure introduces a horizontal garden that uses water from the river below.   Leave a comment

Paik Nam June Media bridge’ by Seoul-based practice planning korea is a mega-structure over the Han river that aims to efficiently expand the city fabric on to the water. With a total length of 1080 meters, the bridge connects the Dangi-li power plant, which is currently being redeveloped into a public cultural space, and the national assembly building to the south. the  proposal is a largely sculpted form with fluctuating curves and volumes.

In comparison to the Thames river in London and the Seine in France, the Han river is a much larger stretch of water that runs through the center of seoul. Currently, there are close to 30 bridges running over the river but a majority of the steel and concrete structures only accommodate for cars and city traffic. ‘Paik Nam June Media bridge’ aims to accommodate for the walking and cycling portion of the population. In addition, the structure will host a number of public facilities such as a museum, library, and an IT complex mall. The bridge will also connect the people down to the water by featuring a series of docks for water taxis, yachts and cruise ships.

To generate a large portion of the energy used for internal programs, the bridge is clad in solar panels. Seoul-based  practice planning korea is a mega-structure over the Han river that aims to efficiently expand the city fabric on to the water. Each floor of the structure introduces a horizontal garden that uses water from the river below, collected rain water and natural sunlight and ventilation

Seoul’s latest urban redesign project is a high-profile new city landmark – and a new entry in the Guinness Book of World Records. In May 2009 the Rainbow Bridge Fountain, the world`s longest such fountain, opened on the Banpo crossing of the Han River in central Seoul.

The fountain runs along both sides of the 570 meter-long bridge for a total length of 1,140 meters. With the nozzles pointing out and slightly downwards, the effect is of a waterfall coming off both sides of the bridge. But the water jets can also “dance” in time to lighting from under the bridge, creating undulating patterns of water and light. The effect is especially dramatic when seen at night from the south bank of the Han River Park, with the lights of downtown Seoul and N Seoul Tower in the background. The bridge itself is a double-decker, with a lower deck view something like being inside a waterfall.

Posted October 20, 2010 by dmacc502 in construction, culture

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Thames Beats Out Amazon and Yellow River for Prize: by Bonnie Alter, London   Leave a comment

Thames Raters at Raven's Ait on the River Thames

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Photo: kunst fur alle: Monet, Waterloo Bridge

The mighty Thames River, a mess in the 1950’s, is back. It was declared biologically dead then and now it has won the esteemed International Thiess River Prize for good river management.

The historic (dare we say iconic) river beat out China‘s Yellow River, Australia‘s Hattah Lakes and Russia’s Smirnykh Rivers Partnership to win the $350,000 prize.

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Photo: Hattah Lakes, Australia

The prize money will be spent on further restoration work and a project to twin the Thames with a river in the developing world which also needs restoration.

Hurrah for the Thames: the numbers of fish are increasing, with 125 different species recorded, with salmon as well as otter and sea trout populations returning. In the last five years, 400 habitat enhancement projects have been completed and nearly 70 km of river has been restored or enhanced. This includes changing concrete channels back into naturally flowing streams.

It is quite a coup for the environmental agency looking after the river, since there are 13 million people living along it and there is quite a bit of industry as well. The chemical quality of the river has improved from 53 percent in 1990 to 80 percent in 2008 so that almost 80% of the Thames is now judged to have good or very good water quality.

Previous winners of the prize include Lake Simcoe, in Ontario, the Danube (!) and the Chengdu Sha River, China.

And the other contenders? The Hattah lakes in Australia are ravaged by drought and are part of a system of semi-permanent freshwater lakes within Australia’s Murray Darling Basin.

Posted October 18, 2010 by dmacc502 in environment, government

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