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 Contextual Footbridge Design
Author(s): ORCID (Head of Design, Knight Architects, High Wycombe, UK)
Medium: conference paper
Language(s): English
Conference: Footbridge 2022: Creating Experience, Madrid, Spain, 07-09 September 2022
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DOI: 10.24904/footbridge2022.136

The design of footbridges, paradigmatic cases of human transformation of the environment, should go beyond their main function as pieces of infrastructure, always aspiring to improve the quality of the built world. How a design relates to its specific context and its evolution through time is crucial to that respect. A positive response to the context in the design can lead to footbridges that are, for example, fitting additions to valuable environments, or catalysers for the transformation of declining areas. A less successful response, on the contrary, may just lead to crossings without further contribution to the site or, in the unfortunately not unusual worst-case scenario, to elements in conflict with the built environment from various points of view.

The article describes different strategies to successfully respond to the particularities of different contexts in footbridge design, using examples of the author’s experience ranging from first designed pieces of ambitious urban transformation projects, to a footbridge in a natural environment nearby a historic crossing, or a movable footbridge in one of the main financial districts in the world.

footbridge appearance urban development accessibility context user experience holistic design functionality constraints aesthetic durability

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