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School: Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism

Team: David King, Khoi Nguyen, Peter Kelly

Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Our intervention on the Detroit Superior Bridge over the Cuyahoga River will act as a catalyst for the urban renewal at Cleveland’s industrial centre. The project intends to incorporate farmer’s markets, agriculture, and dining experiences into a self-sufficient ecosystem. The bridge will continue to be a link for vehicular traffic but will now also facilitate the same connection for both pedestrians and cyclists. The architectural screen consisting of hinged photovoltaic panels provides the bridge with a new façade on the south side. The cells are free to rotate independently about an axis which collectively captures the motion of the wind, transforming the bridge into a fluid performance. The façade harnesses the solar power from the sun during the day converting it into lighting at night as well as powering heat and UV lamps for crops. These crops are harvested both for the farmer’s market and restaurant at opposite ends of the bridge. Edible waste from the markets and restaurants are used to feed the hogs which then fertilize the crops. The livestock is then butchered for sale at the market and prepared at the restaurant. This waste reducing cycle provides the public with a more critical view on the food industry.

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