Calatrava Bridge (Jerusalem)

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Designed by Santiago Calatrava, this pedestrian and light rail bridge creats a dramatic entrance into West Jerusalem. A big ticket item for such a modest function, it allows pedestrians to cross between the city’s central bus station to Kiryat Moshe, an unspectacular ultra-orthodox neighborhood. It doesn’t “do” much. Not a “destination site,” most people drive by and under it on the way into and out of the city. Subject to much criticism, what might be the actual charm of the bridge is the anomaly created by blue-chip architecture in relation to the very modest urban environment over which it simultaneously soars and graces.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish though and philosophical aesthetics.
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One Response to Calatrava Bridge (Jerusalem)

  1. dmf says:

    from those angles had a kind of arriving space-aliens feel

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