From Peter Smart: “I’m on an adventure - to explore the limits of design’s ability to solve social problems, big and small. To do this I attempted to solve 50 problems in 50 days using design. I also spent time with 12 of Europe’s top design firms.”
The John P. Grace and the Silas M. Pearman Bridges
On April 29, 1966, the Silas M. Pearman Bridge was opened to traffic. To honor the style of the original bridge, the Grace, it featured a cantilevered truss design. With the opening of this three lane “new” bridge, right along-side the Grace, Charleston and Mount Pleasant had 5 lanes combined to travel between the two growing cities. After 76 years and 39 years respectively, of transporting visitors and natives over the Cooper River, the Grace and the “New” Pearman were retired by a grateful city and replaced by a bridge for the 21st century, the Arthur Ravenel, Jr.
Feb. 28, 1966: This image of wreckage from Pennsylvania Station’s original facade was published in The New York Times on several occasions. It helped create a law establishing the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Ada Louise Huxtable of The Times described this site in Seacaucus, N.J., containing 25 centuries of debris from New York, as a “pretty classy dump” of classical culture, style and elegance — “a setting of macabre surrealist vérité.” Photo: Eddie Hausner/The New York Times