Reimagined Brooklyn Bridge Designs Announced
The New York City Council, along with urban-design nonprofit the Van Alen Institute, recently held a contest for designs aiming to improve the experience for pedestrians and cyclists on the Brooklyn Bridge.
Six finalists have been chosen from the 250 entries, and designs range from glass walkways, to microforests to even a ban on cars altogether.
The thought for a contest was prompted by the uptick in foot and bike traffic on the bridge. According to a 2017 report by the NYC Department of Transportation, between 2008 and 2015, on the weekends, foot traffic nearly quadrupled and cyclist traffic more than doubled.
However, in addition to those numbers, daily traffic numbers in total have dropped from 425,000 in the early 1900s to around 125,000 today.
Contest jurors chose the shortlist from two categories of entrants: young adults, who were encouraged to suggest ideas based on their “wildest dreams,” and professionals age 22 and older.
A winner for each category will be decided by scores from the jury and an online public vote.
Jurors favored inclusive designs, according to Deborah Marton, Executive Director of the Van Alen Institute, but the panel also chose “ambitious” designs. The finalists are as follows
In the Professionals category:
In the Young Adults category:
While the city is unlikely to adopt any of these designs completely, the DOT wanted to review ideas as part of its planned assessment of the bridge.
“As we undertake our own engineering inspection this year to help assess the capacity for changes to the promenade, we welcome new and innovative ideas on how to reimagine the Brooklyn Bridge Promenade to create more space for pedestrians and cyclists,” said Margaret Forgione, the chief operations officer of the city’s Transportation Department.