Pedestrian Bridge

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Project by N225095 posted 01-21-2010 11:31 PM 3128 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

(Design Studio 1)
Just submitted this project today, this is final model for the bridge design. I think it is alright but have no clue as to what my lecturer would think of it. He hasn’t been happy with study models and initial design ideas for this homework, kept saying that i needed to be more bold (not very sure what he meant by that) and kept making me re-do everything. This resulted in me not being able to finish in time, drafts are a little bit incomplete. Hopefully though he will be happy with this final one and not cut too much of my grades :)
Materials used are acrylic and balsa wood.

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L-H Johnsen

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#1 posted 01-22-2010 12:25 AM

I don’t know much about architecture but I really like your model!. Was it fun gluing all that stuff together?

-- L-H Johnsen,Sweden

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Dennis Fletcher

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#2 posted 01-22-2010 12:53 AM

I remember having to build models for my professors. I also remember going through excercises that required me to redo them over and over until I missed the assigned turn-in date.
At first, I was angry, then I began working in firms that would give a due date, but the owner or homeowner would make changes over and over until we were well past the initial due date and the project was then off schedule.
Maybe your lecturer is trying to get you used to this type of schedule, especially if you are working with multiple owners or committees.
Great job by the way.

--, Making design and application one. †

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#3 posted 01-22-2010 12:58 AM

ah—-an “Angel On Earth”—someone challenging you, pushing you beyond your current limits, visions… how exciting!

Very interesting bridge, for sure!. I’m imagining walking into it … yah, pretty cool.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#4 posted 01-22-2010 12:58 AM

Very creative. Wonderful model. Good luck

-- Dennis Trenton Ohio And life is worth the living just because He lives!

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#5 posted 01-22-2010 01:21 AM

Looks pretty bold to me but I’m not an architecht. I would think that the bridge itself would be a highlight of any tour. Keep up the great work!

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#6 posted 01-22-2010 01:39 AM

Do you approach the design aspect from purely an artistic point of view and then figure out the engineering later?

I am certain that the physical properties of the materials are taken into consideration during the design, but do you look for freedom of expression first and then figure out the engineering later?

I think that this would be good to do a blog on.

I think the bridge is pretty neat as are the other projects. But I have no doubt that the professor is challenging the students as much as possible to develop your potential.

To be honest, I see a lot of buildings and bridges built that are very plain or horrible designs. That means there are plenty of architects doing poor quality designs and they are getting paid for it.

I look at a these buildings and tell my wife “I can’t believe somebody got paid to do that, and it got approved by several people to get built. I could do better than that!”

Much of the design is very subjective to personal taste and much design is subject to budget. “Build to budget” or “Design to budget” will become familiar sayings in your line of work.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#7 posted 01-22-2010 04:08 AM

Don’t be bashful, sk him what he means by bold. Your designs look “bold” to me:-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 01-22-2010 08:26 AM

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#9 posted 01-22-2010 10:04 PM

@L-H Johnsen – No haha, was not fun. I would rather have been sleeping, it is more better. Thank you though :)

@Dennis – Thank you! and yes i know exactly what you mean, he says we have to learn working under pressure. He pushes all of us. For this class there is 6 lecturers, each lecturer is assigned 11 students so he can closely see progress and such. I think i get the worse one! He is very mean, if he is unhappy with your work he chucks them on the floor and sometimes even steps on it, he is the only lecturer who makes use do drafting by hand. Very annoying.. also he make sure we make many type of silly pointless and complicated drawings, section drawing, not just normal one but moving section???? even i am confused still haha. I know it for us to be better architects though but i would rather just him being easy to please and nice. He is extra hard with me and i don’t know why.. he say i can be better but it is confusing figuring out what he wants.

@ms debbie, deeman, durnik and a1jim – Thank you all so much for the kind comments :)

@Topmax – Thank you also! Lol i think almost everyone is bashful with Mr Cuellar haha, if you meet him you will know why. Is funny because most of time i don’t understand or go against what he says but i just nod along :/ He says things in such a way you cannot say no or get angry and go against him, lol plus hes very nice looking. Then later once he leaves i start kicking myself for being stupid and not defending my hard work. Hate him! Evil person he is.

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#10 posted 01-23-2010 12:42 AM

@Todd – No no engineering plays big role in design, nowadays architects must learn principles of structural engineering. It is not like before where the architects job is just to design.. if architects dont properly understand engineering then they can be taken advantage of. Their design can modified by the engineers or contractors, it is crucial for us to always start of having concept & project program, a solid one. There are many architecture theories and construction methods. Many type of styles of architecture. you start thinking: What am i building, why, where, what is its purpose, who are the users and etc.. what will make an interesting design? then you go to chosen site and make surveys, see the shape of land also the contours, study it, see the vegetation, do surveys on everything(is there wind, amount of sunlight, is there water or pond, is there many trees, what is weather.. everything) . Then accordingly you start making ideas for design.
so and so will be perfect here because… i want to for example use folding architecture style because.. so and so form or plant or poem has inspired me to make so and so because… this type of construction method is suitable because.. i want to use so and so materials because…

There is so many to think about when making concept. When designing things like weather, location and etc is what shapes or helps decide why the building is made to be the way it is, for what reason. You start having to decide how structure will be placed in chosen site, will there be needing cut and fill of contours? Will it stand out? if it stand out how will it make people around it or living around it feel? what will their general reaction be? will they be welcoming to it or will they be uncomfortable and go against it? How do i make design that will be fitting to its environment and look just as though it belongs there?

Aesthetics to me is always last.. first important is to have good slid concept. Then design comes according to all that, design idea can change so easily. It is very easy to get ideas of amazing or beautiful structures, but to come up with one that tells a story,that has a function and that has reason or purpose.. now that is challenging. An idea comes easy.. but can you process that and make something that is meaningful? If a beautiful structure has no concept it is pointless.. it tells us nothing, its not inspiring. Sometimes some students have such nice designs but their concept is not fitting to design or is not making any sense, sometimes they have designed nice structure and when asked oh what is this building made for? They say i dont know.. but its looks nice, no? Then also this is pointless.. if you know what you are making, for whom and for what purpose then you can design specifically according to what will be needed by the users of it, what will will be needed for so and so building to perform so and so function. When we don’t have solid concept our projects are rejected. Also when designing something is good to show certain type of character, like maybe so and so design looks spacious welcoming so its is good or perhaps right design of pavillion – an exhibition space. Personality of user also plays big role in design.. a home for family will be safe and welcoming for example so i use so and so elements of design. Like my professor he is very how you say difficult and hard person, unpredictable and strange.. he uses elements of surrealism in house design for himself. When you see the house you think ah this is so Mr Glen. His house is not a very welcoming looking, it is too powerful some may feel intimidated.. that is just him.. people shy away from him and he is type of person who likes being private.

Like you say there are many hideous looking structures.. the thing is all designers are different.. maybe to that architect function is more important than aesthetics. So he builds a building that maybe can perform something extraordinary even though it is ordinary in looks.
Build to budget – yes this is also what makes designing challenging haha. Is one of biggest factors no, funding. You know the Bilbao museum is amazing design, no? But really Frank Gehry was wasteful making that. He had good concept and idea that is fitting he wants to make exhibition space for particular type of art, mostly modern or surreal, so he design his building and it is looking like art.. but also it is a flamboyant museum that mistreat the art it houses. In a building of canted walls and asymmetrical rooms tortured geometries are produced purely by formal considerations it is virtually impossible to enjoy the art. He made big mistake with material also… for this building and also for his other projects Gehry make use of a special design programme used by aerospace engineers. It capable of transforming the futuristic forms and plastic volumes into drawings and elements with definite dimensions and positions. One of the materials making this possible is titanium. Gehry did not think it thought hough before he just began construction.. is very shiny under sun, blinding and it bounces off the heat to other buildings around it and on the roads, this creates hot spots, dents. Because of this again they wasted SO MUCH money to sand the whole structure. His building is iconic architecture. Where outside Bilbao you think has a single building having being able to transform a whole city in the way the Guggenheim transformed Bilbao? This challenged so many architects.. it inspired cities to want to build iconic buildings, attractive sculptural architecture could serve as an effective marketing tool for attracting attention and visitors to the city making their city famous and make lots of money. So now there so many such kind of architects like zaha, gehry, torre agbar, koolhaas, louis boullée… there is so many. It is no doubt the designs are amazing but sometimes you wonder.. is it necessary? My teacher lectured me on this because sometimes i go over board in design so it makes him angry haha.

#11 posted 01-24-2010 12:41 AM


-- Charles-Etienne Sauvé-Faucher, Ebéniste.

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#12 posted 02-01-2010 08:35 AM

I hate to say this, given that I am in the academy as well, but remember the old proverb: “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach!” This may well apply to your professor.

-- Kacy, Louisiana

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#13 posted 02-08-2010 10:51 PM

Yes i have heard of that proverb but Mr Cuellar is still a practicing architect actually :)

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