A bridge too far? 12 spectacular new bridges that break the mold

(CNN)In a world of bamboo skyscrapers and transforming apartments, it's easy to forget about the bridge, the humble structure that makes getting from point A to B all the more simple.

But today, world-class architects, artists, designers are collaborating with city councils to bring bridges to the center stage, creating new landmarks that are as ambitious and inventive as the buildings that surround them.
Check out the gallery above for a look at the most spectacular bridges erected in recent years -- and a few that could define the skylines of the future.