When you settle with wheels as the major inspiration for your design, the studio and our google drive becomes somewhat of a hub for lackadaisical jokes. To recount a list of the file names in our drive for current models, we have:
-SPOKE 2 SOON
-TWO SPOKES UNDER PAR
-SPOKEN LIKE A TRUE FAN
-UP IN SPOKE
-SPOKERFACESPSPSPOKERFACE (If you know, you know)
And many more! But despite spoking around some of the time, we are in fact, covering a lot of ground right now. There’s almost too much to cover in one blog post, so we will go rapid fire. In short,here is an update on the final bridge design. It uses an interesting form of tension to suspend the handrail alongside the bridge and will create unique light displays because of the many arrays of steel rod acting like cables (spokes). Much of its inspiration comes from the work of Robbie Cuthbert and the concept and term coined by Buckminster Fuller of “Tensegrity.”
Also as of yesterday, the existing bridge has been taken out, and the footprint has been laid for the foundation to be massed out in form work and be poured soon.
As we get further along, our development of details becomes particularly salient. That is simply not possible without the fantastic help from structural engineer John Moore of 4SE Inc., who has been reviewing our designs and helping us design beam sizes and advising us on details. Special thanks goes out to him for being patient with us and deciphering our drawings.