Form Over Function Over Water

Awhile ago, I posted about studies on a possible suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge. Today, the Chron has an article and some photos of 3 proposals from Cal engineering students:

“Our first criteria was aesthetics,” said Wahl, as he and fellow students Danielle Hutchings, 23, of Castro Valley, and Ryan Stauffer, 24, of San Rafael, showed off scale models of the three designs ranging from vertical cables to a majestic arching structure connected together by tension wires.

The designs drew compliments Wednesday evening from more than 100 people who attended a reception at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco. The gathering, sponsored by the Psychiatric Foundation of Northern California, included two bridge district board members — San Francisco Supervisor Tom Ammiano and Marin County Supervisor Cynthia Murray — who both praised the students and repeated their past statements in support of a barrier.

I still say don’t build it. But I still don’t say it lightly.

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