Sure the cost for a new
light rail and pedestrian bridge is high
, this should be expected as transit
projects are never cheap but if Portland gets a new bridge over the Willamette
it should embody the green and design ideals that Portland holds so dear.
also concerned that the even more important I-5 bridge over the Columbia is
being designed on a cost basis not for its design excellence (aesthetic & functional capacity) or green
. Still, that is a different bridge (expect to more on it here, issues over height need to go away too
). Will Portland
tackle that puppy?.
ZGF's (very preliminary) design
Last fall we weren't
that impressed with ZGF's initial design
for a pedestrian and light rail
bridge across the Willamette so PORT opened up a little design competition to
our readers just to move the ideas forward. Here is what they offered (note
this is just pure design, no considerations for cost, engineering, ergonomics or physics were taken into account):
Sean Casey was the first one to hit upon the Bridge/Park/Island combination
and his design wins the coveted "Garfunkel
Bridge Over Troubled Waters" award (sorry it had to be done).
some nice looking designs. I particularly liked the nighttime Jennifer
style video projections element. Brad wins the "since people
aren't driving cars on a pedestrian bridge they wont crash while looking at
the cool video" award.
Michael DiTullo's Bridge is dynamic with nice copper flashing details on the
edges that reference our stunning St. Johns Bridge
. He rightly makes a bridge
that runners would love to visit and gets the "Fit and Sexy" award
Similar but more extensive than Casey's design, Bill Badrick also hits upon
bridge as park option. The tower seems to be child of Foster's
and the Eiffel tower, he also added cars. Bill wins the coveted
"Put Paradise On Top Of A Parking Lot" award.
Josh Arseneau's design incorporates features of preexisting Portland bridges
like the steel bridge marrying it to more current cable stayed designs. Josh
(who has his best show to
date at Jace Gace
this month) wins the "Something Borrowed Something
Blue To Cross A River With Something New" award.
Matthew Hampton, who did not design this bridge, felt a windmill bridge offered some interesting
promise as a green, energy producing icon for the city of Portland. Important
ideas worth considering.
Gallerist Jane Beebe also felt a bridge with a series of changing art exhibition spaces would also be worth persuing. I agree, activating a bridge as an experience rather than just a convenience of conveyance is a way to make a bridge more than just a bridge.