International Ideas Competition for the Bering Strait Project

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      Paul Clerkin

      International Ideas Competition for the Bering Strait Project

      This project is a dream project attempting to connect two continents. In a wide sense, it includes building a tunnel or a bridge at both ends of the strait, extending an existing railways of the United States and Russia, and laying a world highway around the coasts of the world, which require a massive amount of construction.

      Once the connection is made, the railway will go through both Uelen of Russia and Cape Prince of Wales of the United States linking the North American Rail System. A new highway will link the existing coastal highway of Uelen – Dezhnev – Tunytlino at Russia and Wales – Tin City – York at the United States.

      The scope of the competition includes :
      A design proposal of a peace park with a bridging structure using the two islands, Big Diomede and Little Diomede at the Bering Strait to symbolize the continuation of two continents.

      The design proposal should stress out the fact that two continents are to be connected. Force of Nature divided the continent into two and the disjunction of people and nation due to this separation has been maintained for a long time.

      Now two continents will be connected once again. Therefore, an entrant should express this meaning of connection in his/her work. In other words, a work should show visually and physically the link of these two Diomedes which represent the overcome of time gap and nation’s border set by human.

      The Promoter also encourages two Diomede Islands (American one in the front and Russian one in the back) various ideas for the connection and its means and method. The Promoter does not anticipate a technically and realistically perfect solution, however, certain level of a technical clarification for building a tunnel or a bridge in an extreme condition and harsh weather of the Bering Strait is recommended to be included in the design proposal.

      For the reference, the connection line indicated in this design guideline can be adjusted or re-established because it is a virtual one.

      The purpose of the competition is to provide comprehensive material which can serve as a basis for the drafting of further detailed plans and for decision-making rather than to produce complete or final plans. That is why this is an ideas competition. On the basis of the result of the competition, the jury and the Organizing Committee could give a recommendation of further measures.

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