London Bridge Inspired by Japanese Fan
Bridge design specialists Knight Architects have announced that their Japanese-inspired hydraulic footbridge in Paddington, London, has been approved to go ahead. The Merchant Square Bridge is inspired by traditional Japanese fans, raising and lowering in a unique segmented fashion which the architects say make it more like a “kinetic sculpture”.
The ancient tradition of training Golden Eagles as hunting partners is still alive in Western Mongolia. The practice is called berkutchy, and is often a lifelong profession. The relationship of the bird and its master is constant and all-consuming. In the training of a young eagle, the berkutchy must sacrifice his sleep for a long period. For weeks, the growing bird is rendered sightless under its hood until its dependence on its master becomes complete. Such intimacy must turn into a lifelong trust with the eagle - twenty years or more. It is said that as the man trains the eagle, so does the eagle train his man.