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Footbridges are designed to carry pedestrians or cyclists mainly, so that structural and functional requirements may perhaps be less complex than, for example, for railway bridges or road bridges. However, this does not make the foot­bridges any less interesting. Rather, this creates possibilities that — combined with the right amount of imagination and sensitivity — result in an amazing variety of different designs.

Structurae contains over 4,000 footbridges worldwide! Here are just a few examples of remarkable footbridges with a special focus on pedestrian and cycle bridges located in Madrid, where next year's footbridge conference will be held from 23 to 25 September 2020. The call for papers is open now!

Explore footbridges in Structurae
Lille Langebro (photo: © Rasmus Hjortshøj / Realdania By & Byg)
Lille Langebro (photo: © Rasmus Hjortshøj / Realdania By & Byg)
Lille Langebro (photo: © Rasmus Hjortshøj / Realdania By & Byg)

Lille Langebro

Enhancing Copenhagen’s waterfront and its reputation as the world’s best city for cycling, the elegant Lille Langebro for pedestrians and cyclists was completed in August 2019. Continue reading to find out about the three key ideas that characterize the concept and identity of the bridge.

Do not miss the construction videos.

Tintagel Castle Bridge (© Jim Holden - English Heritage)

Tintagel Castle Bridge

This amazing new footbridge at Tintagel Castle recreates the historic crossing from the mainland to the headland. more >>

Do not miss the background video about Tintagel Castle and the sensational construction of the bridge.

Footbridge across Langer See (photo: sbp)
The footbridge across the Langer See features an elegantly curved pylon. more >>
Qingpu Footbridge (photo: Ms. Nabuko Ohara ( / Nacasa & Partners, Inc.)
The Qingpu Foot­bridge redefines the covered truss bridge. more >>
Nelson Mandela Footbridge (photo: RFR)
The Nelson Man­dela Foot­bridge is a rare single-tower suspension bridge. more >>

Footbridges in Madrid

Footbridge across the R-3 in Madrid (photo: Nicolas Janberg)
Footbridge across the R-3 in Madrid (photo: Nicolas Janberg)
Footbridge across the R-3 in Madrid (photo: Nicolas Janberg)

Footbridge across the R-3 to Parque de la Cuña

This suspension bridge and its smaller twin across the M-40 were built from 2005 until 2007 and feature "negative stays" for stiffening. more >>

Footbridge 2020 Madrid, 23-25 September 2020

Footbridge 2020 is the continuation of a series of conferences that started in Paris in 2002, followed by Porto, Venice, Wroclaw, London, and Berlin. The next installment will take place in Madrid from 23 to 25 September 2020 at the COAM right in the center of the city.

Madrid is a perfect location for this conference as a number of unique, innovative and beautiful examples were built in the city and nearby suburbs. more >>

Arganzuela Footbridge (photo: Nicolas Janberg)
La Paloma Footbridge, Madid (photo: Nicolas Janberg)

Call for Papers

If you are interested in presenting a paper at Footbridge 2020, you have until 1 January 2020 to submit an abstract. The conference theme is "Creating Experience" and centers around the experiences owners, designers, and users make while designing, build­ing, and crossing foot and cycle bridges. more >>

http://Puentes de Matadero & Invernero, Madrid (poto: Nicolas Janberg)

As media partner to this conference, Structurae will also publish the conference proceedings online afterwards.

The proceedings for Footbridge 2017 are already available on Structurae as are some papers of previous conferences. Full-text articles are accessible after free registration to My Structurae.


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