Submission 9: Peter Bowyer - "Worm"

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  1. 3Dementia

    3Dementia Senior Member

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    Designer: Peter Bowyer

    Bridge Type: box truss

    Project Description: see below

    Poll: attached

    Images: attached


    DESCRIPTION

    Project Name: Worm

    Worm is an idea for an unusually long sculpture that will span over three hundred feet of
    railway gorge in downtown Toronto. White panels bolted onto a floating frame of
    galvanized steel, encase a pre installed box truss pedestrian bridge. Optically complex,
    the piece weaves positive and negative space into a horizontal stretch pattern. Viewed
    from the outside, the movement of pedestrians and bicycles across the sculpture should
    produce an animated flicker. Traveling on the inside, the structure will create a
    kaleidoscopic experience of light and shadow. The panels will allow fragmented amounts
    of shelter from extreme weather during the day and lighting opportunities at night.
    Functioning as an animated three-dimensional banner for arriving trains and a welcome
    boulevard for cyclists and pedestrians.
    The box truss bridge would be a standard design, slightly reinforced for weight and wind
    load. The sculpture encasing the truss bridge would be made from galvanized steel and
    sealed plywood, using the same engineering and weather proofing standards that are
    found in highway signs and billboards. Open sections of the bridge may need to be
    closed off in areas with Plexiglas screens. Standard building and municipal codes would
    direct the design of all ramps and railings.

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  2. andomano

    andomano Active Member

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    This design makes me think about the OCAD (Sharp Centre for Design) monstrosity. Anybody else?
     
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  3. Uncle Teddy

    Uncle Teddy Senior Member

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    Looks great.
     
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  4. SP!RE

    SP!RE °°°°°°

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    Doesn't look particularly friendly or inviting but it is a very tasteful, modern design that wouldn't cost much to construct either (compared to some methods).
     
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  5. junctionist

    junctionist Senior Member

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    I'd prefer it without the white panels on the sides for less interruptions to the view.
     
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  6. Whoaccio

    Whoaccio Senior Member

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    Its well designed, but I would be worried about aging. It might end up looking like FCP.
     
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  7. ProjectEnd

    ProjectEnd Senior Member

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    Soooooooo.....you want a box truss...?
     
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  8. Long Island Mike

    Long Island Mike Senior Member

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    Submission 9-Not Bad!

    3D: This is a neat bridge design-the only question I have will the sides be closed with glass or open air? LI MIKE
     
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  9. khristopher

    khristopher Senior Member

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    People seem to be very confused with the submissions. I've seen several people who think 3D is the person who designed all of them. The designer is listed at the top of the submission.
     
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  10. ShonTron

    ShonTron Moderator

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    This reminds me a lot like the older bridge overpass between Front Street and the base of the CN tower (or the Weber's bridge). I think part of the problem as well is the lack of sightlines, which is important for safety.
     
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  11. junctionist

    junctionist Senior Member

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    Less is more.
     
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  12. Solaris

    Solaris Senior Member

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    clean modern design ... I like it ~ and financially likely viable too
     
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  13. insertrealname

    insertrealname Active Member

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    This is an elegant, straightforward functional design, but don't we want something with a bit more disruptive potential?

    Not useless curlicues, but something to distract the eye from the monotony of railroad tracks, roads, massive glassy condo blocks, etc., both while looking at it and travelling through it?
     
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  14. martincan

    martincan New Member

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    Worm?

    Why'd you call it "Worm"? It's not a bit like a worm though I do like it. I feel you could amp up the optical effects if it had squeezed squares in other places than the ends. Not just one stretched area through the middle, more like compression waves over the whole length.
    Good luck.
    M
     
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  15. syn

    syn Senior Member

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    I like the reference to OCAD, but I think it could use less white paneling and a greater width.
     
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