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The Eiffel Tower Would Be Able to Fit Under the World’s Tallest Railway Arch Bridge

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If you have a fear of heights, make sure you avoid traveling over the Chenab Bridge during any future trips to India. The bridge has been in the making since 2002, and it will stretch 4314 feet long and stand 1178 feet high, making it the tallest railway arch bridge in the world.

The structure will connect the Jammu-Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Line across the deep gorges of the Chenab River. On top of that, the location of the bridge is also prone to earthquakes, gale winds, and potential terrorist attacks. Safety concerns halted the construction in 2008, but it resumed two years later and has since been declared a national project.

To tackle the structure's unique challenges, the builders and designers are taking several special precautions. The bridge has been designed to survive a magnitude eight earthquake and 124-mile-per-hour winds. Trains will be able to safely use the bridge in winds up to 56 miles per hour, and anything beyond that will automatically activate sensors which will prevent them from crossing.

The bridge will also be fortified with 2.5-inch thick, blast-proof steel specially designed to withstand explosions. A monitoring system, online warnings, and a ring of aerial security will provide an added layer of safety. To learn more about how the bridge is currently being constructed, you can watch the video from the engineering company AFCONS Infrastructure Limited below.

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One Photographer's Quest to Document Every Frank Lloyd Wright Structure in the World
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From California’s Marin County Civic Center to the Yokodo Guest House in Ashiya City, Japan, Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence spans countries and continents. Today, 532 of the architect’s original designs remain worldwide—and one photographer is racking up the miles in an attempt to photograph each and every one of them, according to Architectural Digest.

Andrew Pielage is the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s unofficial photographer. The Phoenix-based shutterbug got his gig after friends introduced him to officials at Taliesin West, the late designer’s onetime winter home and studio that today houses the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

Higher-ups at Taliesin West allowed Pielage to photograph the property in 2011, and they liked his work so much that they commissioned him for other projects. Since then, Pielage has shot around 50 Wright buildings, ranging from Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania, to the Hollyhock House in Los Angeles.

Pielage takes vertical panoramas to “get more of Wright in one image,” and he also prefers to work with natural light to emphasize the way the architect integrated his structures to correspond with nature’s rhythms. While Pielage still has over 400 more FLW projects to go until he's done capturing the icon’s breadth of work, you can check out some of his initial shots below.

[h/t Architectural Digest]

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What the Homes of the Future Will Look Like, According to Kids
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Ask a futurist what the house of tomorrow will feature and she might mention automatic appliances and robot assistants. Ask a kid the same question and you’ll get answers that are slightly more creative, but not altogether impractical. That’s what Made.com discovered when they launched Homes of the Future, a project that had kids draw illustrations of futuristic homes that served as the basis for professional 3D renderings.

According to Co.Design, the UK-based furniture retailer recruited children ages 4 to 12 to submit their architectural ideas. The doodles, sketched in pen, marker, and colored pencil, showcase the grade-schoolers' imaginations. Paired with each picture is concept art made with a 3D illustrator that shows what the homes might look like in the real world.

The designs range from colorful and whimsical to coldly realistic. In one blueprint, drawn by Ameen, age 10, a neighborhood of rainbow buildings and flowers float among the clouds. Another sketch by Ellis, age 7, shows a “home built to last” with titanium, bricks, a steel roof, and bulletproof windows. Some kids seemed less concerned with durability than they were with the tastiness of the infrastructure. Cherry-flavored bricks, candy windows, and a giant jelly slide were just some of the features built into the future homes. Sustainability was also a major theme, with solar panels appearing on two of the houses.

Check out the original artwork and the 3D versions of their ideas below.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

[h/t Co.Design]

All images courtesy of Made.com.

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