Proposed pedestrian and light rail bridge as designed by ZGF
Here's a chance for budding designers, architects and well... armchair architects. We have discussed
this previously on PORT
but most of the design conscious people in Portland
who saw the rather preliminary image for the new pedestrian, cycle and light
rail bridge just south of the hideous looking Marquam Bridge by ZGF were pretty unimpressed.
To be fair to ZGF, its just a preliminary, on the other hand it's top heavy
and very static "clothespin" form almost seemed like a Claes Oldenberg.
In the spirit of better design, PORT is going to have a lil contest so y'all can give it your best
shot. You can even choose to use this high-res image
(courtesy of Brad Carlyle)
if you want.
Rules are simple:
Email jpeg's to me at jeff At portlandart Dot net by December 21st and we will
post images of everything that stands out. Highly conceptual, impossible to
build ideas, such as a bridge made of banana peels or Vera Katz statues are
fine, though if it gets built you are going to be the first to use it and answer
the angry mob at the other end. Anyone can enter, prizes will be as conceptual
as the designs.
Erasmus Bridge, Rotterdam and way better than the ZGF clunker
Some major design issues to keep in mind are the terrifically ugly Marquam
just to the north and the sleek and modern South Waterfront with
its aerial tram
which forms its western terminus.
Personally, I like ideas like the Nescio
in the Netherlands (though it isn't architecturally assertive enough
for this site) and the ultra assertive Erasmus
bridge in Rotterdam
, which seems a bit much for our setting since Mt hood will make anything like that look like human vanity. Of course Calatrava
is a name that has to be brought up here but I'd like to see something like
Corker Marshall did with the Webb Bridge
, though this needs to accommodate
light rail so it needs requires a beefier solution than a single use pedestrian
Portland with its great
collection of bridges
deserves an excellent design, not merely a contemporary