A49: An Asian Spirit in Contemporary Design (Architects) by The A49 Group

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Entire monograph at the paintings of Architects forty nine in Thailand, Asia and past.

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54 Within an overall structure of movement the bridge gives visible form to this rhythm of separating and connecting. The bridge as a technology Obviously a study of bridges must engage with the idea of technology. 56 He uses the example of a power station on the Rhine – a complex assemblage of various technologies that reveal the river Rhine in a very specific way, very different from, for example, Bridge over the Rhine at Coblenz, c. 1890–1900. 42 myth or poetry. Similarly, a bridge, whether ancient or modern, over the Rhine provides another way in which the river is revealed.

Its transportation function is then superseded by a tunnel built using nanotechnology. A range of dispossessed people have illegally taken over the bridge. They are alienated or just excluded from the mainstream culture where inequalities of power and wealth have reached grotesque proportions and where fear and decadence run side by side. A vast squatter community, a shanty town full of vitality, emerges. A full range of technologies, both modern and postmodern, are used by the bridge community but in ways that are ad hoc and grassroot.

Tony, the young working-class Italian-American protagonist, is uncomfortable with the glamorous Manhattan over the bridge. Brooklyn Bridge is portrayed as a no-go zone that separates social and ethnic groups. Tony and his gang feel more comfortable with Verrazano Narrows Bridge connecting Brooklyn to Staten Island and that is the one they use. The two bridges are referred to constantly, both visually and in dialogue, as symbols of dreams, hopes, memories and anxieties. Bridge as crossing In the context of pilgrimage the Sanskrit word Tirtha means a crossing, both geographical and symbolically.

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