West Thames Street Bridge
A pedestrian bridge is a fold of the urban environment, a non linear experience between two points. It wants to be an extension of the sidewalk, a canopy for the surrounding park, a vantage point for seeing and safe shortcut over the highway. The space within and without must flow as a continuum—all its surfaces are exposed to the elements and to experience.
Our concept, in collaboration with Gilsanz Murray Steficek, is quite simple—an I shaped section spanning the roadway, continuous at each end. The proposed design acknowledges this duality, enhances it, and produces the most economically sound solution for the problem. It bridges the gap between functionality, opportunity and economy by pushing the limits between art, social enhancement mechanisms activated urban space and economy of means.