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Bay Bridge: History and Design of a New Icon (Hardcover)

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I have always loved the Bay Bridge—which is so overshadowed by its golden sister—and this is its year, with a new eastern section and the opening of an art installation. Bay Bridge commemorates the history of the San Francisco–Oakland bridge, and celebrates the design and construction of the new section. This is a beautiful book for a beautiful bridge!

— Flannery


An innovative landmark a quarter century in the making, the new eastern span of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge represents the latest spectacular chapter in the history of this storied structure. The new bridge's architect, Donald MacDonald, teams up with author Ira Nadel to create this illuminating book. With friendly text and charming illustrations, Bay Bridge reveals the design decisions that have shaped the evolution of the bridge over the last century—from the history of the original bridge, through the planning of the new span, to the construction of its signature 525-foot-high white tower. In the same elegant package as Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, this volume makes a lovely souvenir for San Francisco devotees, architecture buffs, and tourists.

About the Author

Donald MacDonald, award-winning architect, lives in San Francisco.

Ira Nadel is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and lives in Vancouver, B.C.

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"A must-have for any design, architecture, or Bay Area enthusiast.... MacDonald's reproductions of area maps, Ohlone Indian reed huts, the San Francisco ferry terminal, beloved architectural details of local buildings, comparisons of different bridge styles, and so on are worthy of hours of artist/geeky contemplation.... A great addition to a gift basket for out-of-town guests, it's a gorgeous celebration from the mind of the visionary who guided his plan from fantasy to reality." - Front Door /

"Author and illustrator Donald MacDonald evokes all the mythic splendor and danger of the "Titan of Bridges" in his book, Bay Bridge: History and Design of a New Icon. As the architect of the new eastern span of the bridge, MacDonald brings intimate knowledge of the technical, political, and geological hurdles involved in its construction." - ForeWord Reviews

Product Details
ISBN: 9781452113265
ISBN-10: 1452113262
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: June 12th, 2013
Pages: 128
Language: English
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