Ponte della Costituzione, Venice

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The Ponte della Costituzione is the fourth bridge over the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. It was designed by Santiago Calatrava, and was moved into place in 2007, amid protest by politicians and the general public. The bridge was installed in 2008 and opened to the public on the night of September 11, 2008. The bridge was known as Quarto Ponte sul Canal Grande before the official name was adopted to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Italian constitution in 2008. Tourists and locals in Venice now refer to it as the Calatrava Bridge .PlanningIn June 1999, the Municipality of Venice drafted a preliminary plan for a fourth bridge over the Grand Canal. Using a public selection process, they commissioned Santiago Calatrava in November 1999 to design the new bridge. Calatrava's response was an arched bridge with a large radius which was designed to be constructed off-site and installed entirely from the canal.DesignCalatrava designed an arched truss bridge with a radius of, with a central arch, two side arches and two lower arches. Girders placed perpendicular to the arches join them together. The girders consist of steel tubes and plates, which form closed section boxes. The stairway on the bridge is paved with pietra d'Istria, a stone traditionally used in Venice, alternating with tempered glass steps illuminated from below by fluorescent lights. The parapet is also tempered glass, terminating in a bronze handrail with concealed lighting. The contractor which had the task of constructing of the footbridge was Cignoni. Design and installation studies were carried out by a specialized group: professors Renato Vitaliani (Padua University) and Francesco Colleselli (Brescia University) for geotechnical and foundation aspects, the company Mastropasqua-Zanchin & Associates Structural Engineering for the steel arch and weldings verification, Fagioli Group and Giorgio Romaro (Padua University) for the installation activities.
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  • It has sparked controversy over costs, stability, accessibility, "slipperiness", inconvenience. Calatrava continues to make questionable works, testimony to a trademark and marketing and an empty and questionable virtuosity
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  • I appreciate for various reasons there are differing opinions about the look of the bridge and although such thoughts are largely subjective I think it looks great, particularly in that position given...  more »
  • As every monument of our Santiago Calatrava is criticized for its materials, its modern architecture discordant with the rest of the landscape and its excessive budgets but it is worth seeing it to have an opinion. I think that's what the author was looking for...
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  • Beautiful place! I will like to return! Amazing view, plenty Places to choose we’re to eat magnificent food.
  • One of the three bridges crossing over the Grand Canal. This bridge is modern, but still beautiful. Nice views from the top. It's in Venice! Go there!
  • The design is good but the stairs are not symmetric and it hurt my back. You musst take care
  • If a building continue to detract beauty, then he is equal to at thief - The construction is absurdly imposed on its environment. Such fact is not only cause by design and engineering flaws, but also by design arrogance. As a simple sign of its flawed design, more people have fallen from this bridge than in any other Venetian bridge combined.
  • Glass long bridge looks Great itself and also has Great view from it. In my opiniom The bridge is A bit too modern and doesn't fit the environment but still worth seeing.
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