Make your voice count and take the survey!

Posted by on May 17, 2017 in Uncategorized | No Comments

We are now exploring the possibilities of a museum in the Bay area in California and are very keen to hear your views. Please take the 2-3 minute survey, which is geared to understand demand, what you would expect in the museum and spending habits. The link is here or  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf4w3P9xd1RPM22FPbxXfsa7xAJj0EgHHiV6ccJsdvg2jodgg/viewform Please feel free to pass […]

Check out FB for more stories and links

Posted by on Jun 25, 2016 in Conceptual, Structural | No Comments

We are increasingly active on Facebook. Visit the project there and don’t forget to take the online survey! Many thanks!

Architect Donald MacDonald on the Golden Gate and Bay bridges

Posted by on Jul 4, 2015 in Structural | No Comments

A few weeks back, I had the pleasure of interviewing architect Donald MacDonald on the podcast show The Soul of California, which interviews leading Californians in various disciplines on the Golden State.  Donald has been extensively involved in both bridges for a number of years and has published two books on the bridges available through […]

Three bridges in Oslo

Posted by on Jun 7, 2015 in Structural | No Comments
Three bridges in Oslo

Walking in Oslo, Norway on Sunday, I came across three different bridges in very different situations. In each of these photos, you start to see elements of an exhibition and the uniting of a concept through a very complex wooden scale model, the bridge as meeting point and a smaller scale suspension bridge, in which the […]

Interview with Celia Hawkesworth – translator of Balkan literature

Posted by on Apr 24, 2015 in Conceptual | No Comments

Dr. Celia Hawkesworth is one of the pivotal translators of literature from the former Yugoslavia, and is the author of Ivo Andrić: Bridge between East and West and Zagreb: a cultural history. She equally chairs the British Scholarship Trust. How did you become involved in translation and particularly the work of Ivo Andrić? My association […]

UK Postal Service celebrates bridges

Posted by on Apr 10, 2015 in Structural | No Comments

The UK Postal Service has honoured some of the UK’s most outstanding bridges. A number o famous British bridges are commemorated in the series of eight stamps. Hard to choose, though, as some of the most iconic, such as the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Iron Bridge over the River Severn were excluded, as was […]

The “Moscow” bridge in Kyiv, Ukraine

Posted by on Feb 28, 2015 in Structural | No Comments
The “Moscow” bridge in Kyiv, Ukraine

My boss and I were in Kyiv earlier this week speaking with the government about natural resource governance. On our way out of a meeting with Naftogaz CEO Kobylev, we asked our Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry colleague if he was satisfied (meaning with our meeting). He was not satisfied he said, telling how […]

Bridge song for “Selma” garners Academy Award

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Conceptual, Structural | No Comments
Bridge song for “Selma” garners Academy Award

I was impressed with the winning speech of the songwriters John Legend and Common whose song “Glory” garnered the top award in the category of Best Song. They wrote the song for the movie, Selma, which recounts to the 1965 civil rights march to the state capitol of Montgomery. Upon winning the award, they used […]

School exchanges – embedded in another culture

Posted by on Feb 15, 2015 in Conceptual | No Comments

In a few days, my son will be spending a week in a French school. His French is improving and although he can hardly explain the theory of relativity in French, he can get by and he is increasingly seeing that language is the window to culture. Most importantly, he will be living with a […]

Third Bosphorus bridge takes shape in Istanbul

Posted by on Jan 30, 2015 in Structural | No Comments
Third Bosphorus bridge takes shape in Istanbul

Istanbul is the only metropolis uniting both Europe and Asia. In a matter of months, it will be one of the few cities that has three of the longest suspension bridges in the world. The 3rd Bosphorus Bridge, located just south of the Black Sea will be a bridge of firsts, notably the widest suspension […]