The Forrest Park bridge, completed in the Fall of 2020, uses an interesting form of tension to suspend the handrail that runs alongside the bridge. The effect created is a unique display of steel rods acting as cables. Inspiration for the project came from a manual exploration of the concept of tensegrity coined by Buckminster Fuller and the work of Robbie Cuthbert. After learning how tensegrity worked and driven by a curiosity to rethink the main components of a bicycle, such as the bike’s spokes and wheels, the students crafted a sculptural bridge that would reflect the bikeway’s community, and to emphasize the innovative use of tensegrity in an architectural form.
Team: Ryan Bing, Jeremy Eaton, Mohamed Fakhry, Claire McManus, Henry Lee III, Aaron Autry, Kevin Crumley, Autumn Hinson, Bethea Gauge, Amanda Metze, Brian Heape, Caleb Thomas, Shane Lenard