Inspiration: Salvaging the Bay Bridge

Inspiration: Salvaging the Bay Bridge

Stephanie Kinnear
Jan 12, 2010

Those who live in the California Bay Area are probably aware that the eastern span of the Bay Bridge is set to be replaced by a new and improved section. But what happens to that old span once it becomes obsolete? Demolition?

Some students at the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design have a few alternative ideas. As a project for one of their design classes, students reimagined what the bridge could become once it's no longer being used for cars crossing between San Francisco and the East Bay.

While we're not entirely sure we'd feel comfortable living in an apartment that hangs off the bridge over the bay (earthquakes!), we're still totally impressed by the creativity of some of these ideas.

One student proposes building a hotel off the end of the iconic structure (pictured above), while another imagines pedestrian walkways and shops lining both sides of the defunct bridge. And, although none of these ideas will probably see the light of day, it wasn't a totally far-fetched idea—other designers had discussed ways to reuse the bridge.

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Photo: Lan Hu / UC Berkeley

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