Design at the Edge - Bridge Parapets


Medium: conference paper
Language(s): en 
Conference: Footbridge 2017 Berlin - Tell A Story, 6-8.9.2017, Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin)
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Year: 2017
DOI: 10.24904/footbridge2017.09503
Abstract: BEaM and MOE engineers were appointed by Copenhagen municipality to design a new “Copenhagen Standard” parapet to be used on road and footbridges. The reason for Copenhagen municipality to embark on his undertaking was an increase in renovation of road bridges in the periphery of the city. One of the first bridges in this program was the Mørkhøjvej Bridge across the moat of the Vestvold, an extensive fortification system dating from the beginning of the 20th century. Due to the location of the Mørkhøjvej bridge in an area known for it’s recreational value, the municipality wanted a design that would combine the robustness of a road parapet with the transparency and haptic quality of a footbridge parapet. Also, the municipality wanted the city arms to be incorporated into the design, thus marking the bridges as place markers, defining the realm of the city.
Keywords: aesthetics, maintenance, design analysis, informed design development, bridge parapets, integrated design process, visual identity


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