suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
daniel CAVEN: The connectionweb pedestrian bridge, inspired by the theridiidae spider’s web, takes an organic role in the sociofugal urban environment. Using digital advances in parametric modeling, the connectionweb can adapt itself to most situations in which it is placed. Connectionweb takes on the initiative to stand up against environmental factors allowing wind and light to pass through its web-like outer shell. Using a sustainable solution to natural shading in the summer months, the connectionweb incorporates ivy growth on the outer web to block the suns rays.
The design is constructed of circular HSS tubing acting as structural members that support a fiberglass platform. The platform holds a seating area and space dividers for the public to use as a lounge area. The circular HSS tubes and platform are then suspended by tightened cables that are coated in a poxy resin mix to keep users safe from metal shards. The connectionweb allows for an ample amount of natural light to pass through the passage for the users. The design is intended to have a feeling of relaxation and comfortable in the entanglement. The use of the ivy creates a lifted green public space that psychologically gives the public a connection to nature. The platform is generated for seating and space dividers to induce a flow of circulation.
The site in which the design is placed in the sections and renderings is Chicago, Illinois, where seasonal elements are apparent and can test the connectionweb’s design year round. the position for the connectionweb is around five to fifteen stories above ground level.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
dC: The adaption of spider webs to natural environments and how the same idea can be incorporated into the built environments.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
dC: Parametric architecture with grasshopper by Arturo Tedeschi as well as the other grasshopper primers; Russian Circles and Explosions in the Sky; Beavis and Butthead.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
dC: Studio Praud, Paul Preissner, Skylar Tibbits, and Marc Fornes.