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School: Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism

Team: Ajantha Kumarasingam, Jason mooi, Narsi Naghikhami

Location: Ottowa, Ontario, Canada

Overview: Through-Line

Imagine a bridge that spans through time, joining the past, present and future in one single location. Imagine a bridge that transforms straight lines into curves, flat surfaces into elevated spaces and ramps. The ‘through-line’ situated in Cleveland will capture you instantly whether through its form, color, interaction or just mere curiosity.
Entering the bridge envelopes you with its large glass volume that plays with time through colors. The volumes interact with the sun by reading time changing color based on different angles of the sun throughout the day. Upon entering, ‘past’ is presented through existing exposed structures, names engraved in columns and statues reminiscent of war veterans the bridge is named after. Intertwined around the ‘past’, is the ‘present’ where skateboarders, cyclists, pedestrians and commuters can enjoy liveliness and activity. The viewing decks on either side bring a poetic intimacy within the open environment, allowing for contemplation and gazing into the ‘future’. Although seemingly different, the past, present and future can
be found parallel each other creating a mosaic between the ‘Through Line’ and the existing structure, merging multiple time dimensions into a synchronic existence.

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