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Old Mar 12, 2007, 9:59 AM   #1
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This is part of the walkway between the airport and the parking garage. I thought the railing architecture was interesting, with the protruding supports for the 2 rails. No, they are not to prevent skateboarders, as there is a 40 foot drop on the other side down to a road along the "arrival" level. On second thought, however, I've seen some crazy stunts performed by skateboarders.

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Old Mar 12, 2007, 10:00 AM   #2
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Here's the wider shot with the airport on the right and the parking structure on the left.

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Old Mar 12, 2007, 10:13 AM   #3
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Cool shots, Walter....

I think the rail design is purely art. I think the view from the other side was the most important thing, in the designer's mind, so, to keep it clean, the brackets were offset to the inside. A guardrail like this has to be 42" above the walking surface with openings such that a 4" ball cannot pass through (this is, I guess, what's considered a reasonable protection against accidental falling). The concrete parts is, maybe 36" high, or so. The two rails (probably 4" apart) get the thing up to the 42" requirement.

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I think you're right about it being "art". I would think fewer supports would be necessary from a regulation standpoint, and supports vertically up from the concrete would suffice.
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Not to make this a "design critic" forum, but, I think by offsetting the bracket inboard, the strong horizontal lines of the twin rails are accentuated. This can be seen, sorta, on some of the ajoining buildings, where we are seeing the outside of the guardrails. Direct support from the bottom would visually interupt the horizontal lines. :-)
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Old Mar 13, 2007, 6:40 AM   #6
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The second image really captures me....wonderful job with perspective, composition...I like it!
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I really like both, Walter. Also, the fact that you did them in b&w.
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