Brooklyn Bridge is no longer adapted to the current pace of life and has to reinvent itself. Opened in 1883, New Yorkers no longer use it as they once did. Bicycles, subways, cars, pedestrians, and tourists are incessantly crossing the bridge. If you already did it, you will have noticed that the part reserved for pedestrians and bicycles can be dangerous. Some are walking quietly and taking pictures, while others are rushing to work.
The New York City Council has launched a call for tenders to renovate the bridge, named “Reimagining Brooklyn Bridge.” At the moment, there are six projects in competition.
“Back to the Future”
It raises the idea of rebuilding the bridge as it was before, both in its architectural and functional aspects. It proposes innovations in mobility and the conception of public space. By removing cars and their access ramps, this project focuses on providing more space for pedestrians, bicycles, and public transport.
This project envisions a profound evolution of the bridge. It responds to the desire of the locals and to adapt to the post covid-19 era. Bridge X reinvents the upper and lower decks to improve access for pedestrians and bicycles. It also gives more space to street vendors and proposes a new image of the bridge.
“Brooklyn Bridge Forest”
It promotes an environmental and social equity dimension. It will allow improving mobility while respecting the historical structure of the bridge.
The wood used for the upper part of the bridge will come from a partner forest in Guatemala. Over there, communities participate in the sustainable development of the forest. There will be a dedicated bike path, and green areas will be implemented as “micro-forests” at each entrance of the bridge.
The project creates a dedicated path tailored to the needs of each passerby between Manhattan and Brooklyn. The design includes spaces for vendors, a way for cyclists, runners, and pedestrians. It also plans for the installation of green areas with local native plants.
“The Cultural Current”
Colors are the central theme of this project. The transport network and the public space would complement each other between the two boroughs of New York. The colors would serve to indicate the path and guide those who travel over the bridge. It is planned to reuse the existing wood boards as well as recycle plastic. The long-term vision of the project is to eliminate car traffic on the lower roadway.
“Do Look Down”
It proposes the installation of a glass surface, on the bridge beams, and above the current car tracks. It would open the space to art installations and temporary events. The lower roadway would become a pedestrian space for vendors. In addition, it imagines a kinetic pavement that would power a LED and projection system to honor the culture, history, and identities of the city.
The first three projects were submitted by a group of adults (over 22 years old), and the next three by adults under 21 years old.
Which one is your favorite? You can vote here until July 30th.
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