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UC Berkeley Students Imagine a New Life for Old Bay Bridge Span

Posted By Ariel Schwartz On January 13, 2010 @ 4:58 pm In Green renovation,San Francisco,Urban design | 3 Comments

bay bridge, bay line, uc berkeley, design students [1]

San Francisco’s [2] Bay Bridge is undergoing some serious construction that will leave an ugly casualty behind: the old eastern half of the bridge span. Last year, Rael San Fratello Architects proposed that the obsolete span be converted into the Bay Line [3], a High Line Park [4]for San Francisco. Not to be outdone, a class of graduate students at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design [5] have come up with other design fantasies for the aging eyesore.

bay bridge, bay line, uc berkeley, design students [6]Project by David Dana

The student proposals include features like gardens [7], housing, hotels, shops, landscaped paths, and even farms. Of course, it’s unlikely that any of these plans — including the Bay Line — will come to fruition. That’s because the old span is seismically unstable, and would require years of maintenance to be a viable host to the proposed structures. Still, it’s fun to think about ways that we can turn outdated pieces of the urban landscape into things of beauty.

+ Berkeley College of Environmental Design [5]

Via San Francisco Chronicle [8]

Lead project by Lan Hu


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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/13/uc-berkeley-students-imagine-a-new-life-for-old-bay-bridge-span/bay-bridge-2/

[2] San Francisco’s: http://www.inhabitat.com/sf/

[3] Bay Line: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/10/08/bay-line-a-high-line-park-for-san-franciscos-bay-bridge/

[4] High Line Park : http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/06/09/new-yorks-high-line-park-in-the-sky-opens-today/

[5] College of Environmental Design: http://www.ced.berkeley.edu/

[6] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/13/uc-berkeley-students-imagine-a-new-life-for-old-bay-bridge-span/bay-bridge/

[7] gardens: http://www.inhabitat.com/gardening/

[8] San Francisco Chronicle: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/01/12/MNE61BE3R7.DTL

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