Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The inhabitable bridge in Tokyo

The aim of this "Living Bridge", is to present a new type of nonlinear algorithmic architecture by, paradoxically, a fully functional bridge, located in Tokyo, Japan.


The project derives from an investigation of nonlinear design, developed by Dave Eaton, Geoffrey Klein and Michael Wetmore from the workshop of Complex Phenomena taught by Cecil Balmond and Roland Snooks, at the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania.


The place that the creators of the project chose for this structure is integrated with the residential districts of Ginza and Tsukishima. Taking advantage of the flows of the two districts, and through the  algorithmical generation of spatial turbulence structures, it was possible to create this design. 


The design process for the bridge involved three stages. The first identified the movement patterns of people and vehicles in the city, considered as systems of interlaced flows, to be later modeled as a vector field. 


In the second stage the design was configured based of the vector field, creating pedestrian and bicycle walkways, and vehicle access routes. 


Finally, the third stage, introduced elements of self-organization that change the shape and connectivity depending on the turbulence field. 


Thus, the project components at the same time create, channel and include the interaction of circulation and programs to inhabit the bridge, resulting in a dynamic space that connects and activates the riverban.





14 comments:

  1. Its a psychedelic wallpaper turned bridge, if they can pull this off it would be truly a sight to see.

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  2. too distracting to ever be built, seriously it would cause wrecks constantly.

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  3. This is the most insane and brilliant thing I've seen all day.

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  4. this reminds me of the futuristic stuff in movies! hope to see one of these someday!

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  5. Looks like something out of a game, but I doubt anything this cool was pass and sort of safety board. Still nice to dream, though.

    +1 Follower, love the awesome architectural stuff!

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  6. It looks kinda strange, makes me remember something like an UFO invasion and contamination. lol
    I wouldn't take a walk on it, I certainly would lost and never come back home. ahaha

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  7. This is incredible! I would love to see this. I love that people are so inspired.

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  8. wow this is just amazing. seeing something like that every day would blow my mind haha

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  9. that looks so goddamn awesome...

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  10. That is the most awesome bridge ever! I like your blog!

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