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Architecture & Design

Calatrava Bridge Design ‘Unworthy As a Tribute to Margaret McDermott’

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Writing in the Dallas Morning News, Scott Cantrell says the city should not move ahead with plans for a second Calatrava Bridge over the Trinity River. Cantrell says the I-30 design if “[f]ar from the Spanish architect’s best work, it’s unworthy as a tribute to Margaret McDermott, the great Dallas philanthropist it’s supposed to honor . . .  As bridge architecture, though, it’s pure platitude, without an ounce of inspiration. Admittedly it’s really hard to make a 12-lane bridge — what’s proposed there — elegant.”

Cantrell’s solution? Go back to Calatrava and force him to design an I-30 bridge that falls into the Texas Department of Transportation’s current budget for the I-30 bridge replacement, or go to TxDOT and force them to design something more visually appealing than the usual High Five concrete flyovers.

Sounds very sensible to me.

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