Challenge: Building to Building Pedestrian Bridge

Challenge: Building to Building Pedestrian Bridge

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As designers we not only need to think about how we can originate buildings, we need to think about how we can use existing structures to accommodate new types of building programs. This challenge is to design a pedestrian bridge between to two existing buildings.

More information after the break.


* Abstracted urban setting * Location: Up to the designer. Please specify where you would like to locate the project.


* Connect two existing structures in an urban setting. * Use the proposed bridge zone to define the bridge assembly * Bridge should be modular. * Bridge should be quickly deploy-able (1 week or less, think prefab). * Design should be adaptable to various building conditions. * Design should allow for ample natural day lighting.


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Precedent and Sources

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* Robert Mencarini, AIA is a Sr. Digital Design Manager at Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill (SOM). He trains and leads multi-discipline project teams in Revit, advises teams on BIM and other digital design strategies, creates project BIM Execution and Quality Assurance Plans, mentors in the area of Design Technology, and co-leads SOM’s firm wide BIM/Digital Design initiative. Robert is a licensed architect who received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Roger Williams University and has been using Revit since 1999 when he was recruited as the first Client Services architect at Revit Technology Corporation, later to become part of Autodesk. Robert is the technical editor of multiple Revit books. * Andrea Graziano runs an architectural practice in Pinerolo (TO), and the renowned “DigitAG&” blog about digital tools, generative design and scripting techniques, with a tooth for computational design into architecture and sustainability. He is member and co-founder of “Co-de-iT – Computational Design Italy”, which is currently engaged in teaching some workshops about use of digital tools into architectural design and consultancy work. Designer with Eng. Alessio Erioli and Corrado Tibaldi for DuPont™ of “Corian ® 3D Math Series” winners of the Batiproduits Gold prize and honorable mention in Design Trophies at Batimat 2009 – Paris. Creator and organizer with Davide Del Giudice and Lorena Alessio of the event “AAST – Advanced Architecture Settimo Tokyo”. * Ezra Groskin joined Wilkinson Eyre Architects in 2008, following the completion of his Masters degree at Yale University and several years of experience working for SHoP Architects in New York.Since joining the practice, the majority of his work has been within Wilkinson Eyre’s bridges and infrastructure team, working on projects across a range of scales from the jewel-like Ceramics Gallery footbridge at the world-famous Victoria & Albert Museum through to the refurbishment of the Westgate Bridge in Melbourne, Australia.Ezra’s most recent contributions to the practice’s bridge team include his role within the design team for The Peace Bridge in Northern Ireland. This ambitious project is scheduled for completion later this year and will serve as a distinctive landmark for the City of Culture in 2013. He is also currently involved in the development of the Baakenhafen Bridge in Hamburg Germany. Having contributed to the winning competition scheme, he is now a key member of the team responsible for further development and delivery of the design.


* Required – Post design model and documentation (3d and/or 2d) * Required – Post Images and diagrams explaining approach * Optional – Post video explaining approach


* Submission Sunday June 26th at 11:59 pm* * Community Voting Sunday July 3rd at 11:59 pm**

* Judges wil select a single winner as the official winner of the challenge. ** Community will select a community winner that will win a smaller prize yet to be determined.

About this author
Cite: Sebastian Jordana. "Challenge: Building to Building Pedestrian Bridge" 03 Jun 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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