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It was only temporary, but so much in life is. A paper bridge, created by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, crossed the Gardon river near Remoulin, in southern France for a couple of months last year. A bridge made of paper doesn't sound very sturdy, but don't let preconceptions fool you.

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The bridge was built to mimic the arches of the Roman-constructed and UNESCO-listed Pont du Gard bridge, which is half a mile away. Unlike the original bridge, which is made of stone, Ban's bridge was made up of 281 recycled cardboard tubes held together by recycled plastic. The tubes were waterproofed and anchored in wooden boxes filled with sand.

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Although the bridge was strong enough to hold ten people at a time, it wasn't tough enough to withstand seasonal downpours, so it was taken down last Fall. However, Ban, a big fan of paper architecture, has promised to ressurect it when he can, hopefully this summer. RM

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  • prataap

    February 22, 2011

    Wish he stayed with paper structures…..the roof of his much touted brand new multi million Euro museum in Metz, France just caved in this winter….and it was not made of paper.

  • Roshan

    November 30, 2008

    So there is!
    I guess it’s just wood in another form, after all.
    Thanks for the info.

  • prataap

    November 30, 2008

    As origamists will tell you… not under estimate the strength of paper. They can fold paper to hold water over a flame.
    BTW…in Rockport, MA there is even a house made of paper.


  • Roshan

    November 30, 2008

    Dear KROBRT – thank you for your correction.

  • krobrt

    November 29, 2008

    ‘A bridge made of paper doesn’t sound very sturdy, but [there was a strangely inconvenient ‘it’ here, you should remove it, and boo to the editor.] don’t let preconceptions fool you.

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