• Living Bridge

    Living Bridge
    philadelphia PENNSYLVANIA

    suckerPUNCH: describe your project.

    david EATON, geoffrey KLEIN & michael WETMORE: The objective in designing Living Bridge was to describe a new type of nonlinear architecture through the design of an inhabitable bridge in Tokyo. The chosen site integrates with the residential neighborhoods of Ginza and Tsukishima. Through the harnessing and intensification of the discrete flows of the two neighborhoods, and through algorithmic generation of turbulent spatial and programmatic structures, a reinvention of the inhabitable bridge type is achieved.

    Creating Living Bridge was a three-step process. Using Processing, we identified the movement patterns of people and vehicles in the city, considered them as agent-based systems of entangled flows, and modeled their interactions as a vector field. Next, we released decking agents to read the vector field, moving through it and creating walking, cycling, and vehicular paths. Finally, we introduced self-organizing components that changed their shape and connectivity depending on the turbulence of the field. The components thereby simultaneously create, channel, and enclose the interactions of the circulation and programs inhabiting the bridge, leading to a dynamic space that connects and activates the riverfront.

    The project is the culmination of nonlinear design research from the studio Complex Phenomena taught by Cecil Balmond and Roland Snooks at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    dE, gK & mW: Francois Roche, THEVERYMANY, Emergent, Kokkguia, Cecil Balmond.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    dE, gK & mW: 8in8, Moscow Radio, Dr Who, Twin Peaks, Manuel DeLanda.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    dE, gK & mW: UN Studio, R&Sie(n), AL_A, Michael Hansmeyer, Kengo Kuma, Cecil Balmond, Kokkugia, Shop.

    Additional links:
    Dave Eaton
    Geoffrey Klein

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    • Erin Lani Says:

      I’m not too excited about this one. It may be beautiful and the concept may be behind it, but it’s lacking reality – I’m over seeing projects that entirely lack the material truths. Bring it down to earth (a practice I’m just trying to grasp, as I was stuck in this phase not long ago). Set your goals higher than abstract representation and beautiful imagery – set it to changing the true + perceived REALITY of the built environment.

    • Enrique Says:

      Erin, youre bringing me down man

    • Kritic Says:

      I think Erin is correct here. More specifically the projects that I’ve seen work with this degree of formal exploration are framed within a building structure that has 80-90% realistic construction methodologies and 10-20% experimentation in formal typologies. Your dough has to much yeast.

    • Hang Says:

      For project like this, one task is to define useful space out of awesome geometries, but the great potential and inspiration are unique and tremendously valuable.

    • Erin Lani Says:


      Don’t let it bring you down! Again, it’s a beautiful project, full of potential, we’re simply coming to the point of making the beautiful reality, which in turn makes it multi-dimensional and endlessly thoughtful – real brilliance is on the horizon! 🙂 Gotta stay ahead of the curve! <3