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Minding the gap

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And the award for delicately crafted prose goes toà the office of Lord Foster of Thames Bank for his new 260page 'catalogue' of the practice's work. Specifically for two pages on the 'wobbly'Millennium Bridge, London, England, 1996-2000 (and beyond). The bridge opened in June 2000, it tells us, and an astonishing 100,000 people crossed it during the first weekend.

'However, because of greater than expected movement the bridge had to be closed. Extensive research and testing revealed that the movement was caused by synchronised pedestrian footfall - a phenomenon of which little was previously known in the engineering world. The solution was to fit dampers below the deck to mitigate the movement.'

A triumph!

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