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Call for Entries : Architectural, programming, engineering and planning services framework agreement for the central residual volumes in the La Défense business district

04:51 - 25 February, 2019
Call for Entries : Architectural, programming, engineering and planning services framework agreement for the central residual volumes in the La Défense business district, The ‘interstitial volumes’ that lie beneath the central esplanade, interlocked with underground infrastructures.
The ‘interstitial volumes’ that lie beneath the central esplanade, interlocked with underground infrastructures.

Paris La Défense is seeking to vitalise the ‘interstitial volumes’ that lie beneath its central esplanade, interlocked with underground infrastructures. Located at the heart of La Défense, those spaces are very close to public transport and offer high potential due to their distinctive size and morphology. The aim is to use them to develop a new offering of activities accessible to the public – and see a lively and unusual destination emerge as a result. Paris La Défense, as the urban planner, developer and manager of the business district, is launching a competitive dialogue process. The purpose to this

China's First All-Glass Suspension Bridge Opens in Hunan

12:38 - 28 September, 2015
China's First All-Glass Suspension Bridge Opens in Hunan, © Sina
© Sina

This (terrifying) 300-meter-long bridge is the first in China to be made of all glass. Suspended 180-meters above ground between two cliffs at Hunan's Shiniuzhai National Geological Park, the Haohan Qiao - Brave Men's Bridge - was originally meant to be wood, before being constructed with 24mm thick glass that is 25 times stronger than normal.

"The bridge we build will stand firm even if tourists are jumping on it," said a worker to China News Service. "The steel frame used to support and encase the glass bridge is also very strong and densely built, so even if a glass is broken, travelers won't fall through."