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Is A Futuristic London Right Around The Corner?

Potential designs for a new bridge over the Thames could radically transform the city’s landscape.

London may be getting a flashy new edition to its already glittering Nine Elms District. This past Monday 74 potential designs for a £40m pedestrian and cycling bridge between Nine Elms and Pimlico, Southwest London, were unveiled at the Westminster Boating Base on Grosvenor Road. Out of 74, four will be shortlisted in March. In the meantime, they are being displayed anonymously to comply with EU competition rules. “This ensures reputations play no part and that the designs themselves are the sole focus of attention,” the exhibition’s organizers told The Guardian this week. The entrants vary from practical green walkways to something straight out of The Matrix.

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Pedal Pushers: Denmark Unveils a Bike Commuter's Dreamland

The Danish capitol will be served by 26 solar-lit commuter cycle superhighways, completely free of traffic.

Imagine a city fed by dozens of miles-long bike super highways, separate from roads, streetlights, and harried drivers. Imagine living 10 miles outside a metropolis and zipping home from work—faster than you would in a car—on a solar-lit, asphalt ribbon, eliminating one ton of your personal carbon load annually. Witness the latest reason that Copenhagen is officially a bike commuters' Shangri-La: a bike super highway connecting the city to the suburb of Albertslund.

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What Would You Ask L.A.'s New Planning Director?

Christopher Hawthorne will sit down with the city's new planning director, Michael LoGrande, on Wednesday night. What would you want to ask him?



Michael LoGrande, the new Los Angeles city planning director, will be interviewed by Christopher Hawthorne tomorrow. What do you want to tell him?

What do you think L.A. needs most? High-speed rail? Better bike lanes? More development? Less development? On Wednesday night, Los Angeles Times architectural critic Christopher Hawthorne will sit down with the city's new planning director, Michael LoGrande, in a talk sponsored by the L.A. Times and Occidental College's Urban and Environmental Policy Institute. As Hawthorne explains, unlike our last planning director, Gail Goldberg, LoGrande comes into the job in a very different way:

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