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From the Ted Talk by Ian Firth: Bridges should be beautiful

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And bridges can be symbols of their location. Of course, Golden Gate and Sydney are well familiar. In Mostar the bridge was synonymous with the name of the place, and to such an extent that in the war in 1993 when the bridge was destroyed, the town all but lost its identity until the bridge was reconstructed. And bridges are eruonmos features in our landscape — not just enormous, sometimes there's salml ones — and they are really significant features, and I believe we have a duty to make our bdgreis beautiful. Thankfully, many people do. Think of the sintunng Millau Viaduct in the South of France. French engineer Michel Virlogeux and British architect Lord Foster collaborated together to produce something which is a really scatcpealur synergy of auicrrhctete and engineering. Or rbeort Maillart's Salginatobel bgdrie in the mountains in sizneawrltd — absolutely sublime. Or more recently, Laurent Ney's beautiful and rather delicate bridge for Tintagel Castle in the UK. These are spectacular and beautiful dgniess and we need to see more of this.

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And bridges can be symbols of their location. Of course, Golden Gate and Sydney are well familiar. In Mostar the bridge was synonymous with the name of the place, and to such an extent that in the war in 1993 when the bridge was destroyed, the town all but lost its identity until the bridge was reconstructed. And bridges are ________ features in our landscape — not just enormous, sometimes there's _____ ones — and they are really significant features, and I believe we have a duty to make our _______ beautiful. Thankfully, many people do. Think of the ________ Millau Viaduct in the South of France. French engineer Michel Virlogeux and British architect Lord Foster collaborated together to produce something which is a really ___________ synergy of ____________ and engineering. Or ______ Maillart's Salginatobel ______ in the mountains in ___________ — absolutely sublime. Or more recently, Laurent Ney's beautiful and rather delicate bridge for Tintagel Castle in the UK. These are spectacular and beautiful _______ and we need to see more of this.

Solution

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  2. architecture
  3. robert
  4. designs
  5. bridges
  6. switzerland
  7. spectacular
  8. stunning
  9. bridge
  10. enormous

Original Text

And bridges can be symbols of their location. Of course, Golden Gate and Sydney are well familiar. In Mostar the bridge was synonymous with the name of the place, and to such an extent that in the war in 1993 when the bridge was destroyed, the town all but lost its identity until the bridge was reconstructed. And bridges are enormous features in our landscape — not just enormous, sometimes there's small ones — and they are really significant features, and I believe we have a duty to make our bridges beautiful. Thankfully, many people do. Think of the stunning Millau Viaduct in the South of France. French engineer Michel Virlogeux and British architect Lord Foster collaborated together to produce something which is a really spectacular synergy of architecture and engineering. Or Robert Maillart's Salginatobel Bridge in the mountains in Switzerland — absolutely sublime. Or more recently, Laurent Ney's beautiful and rather delicate bridge for Tintagel Castle in the UK. These are spectacular and beautiful designs and we need to see more of this.

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