Bridges strike fascination and awe among us all - their monumental size and timeless presence stirs interest not only for architects and engineers, but also for the general public, especially if they are distinguished and iconic.
However, the common bridge that fills our landscape is often built to serve their utilitarian duties. They are designed to move people and vehicles from A to B, and tolerate unforgiving conditions such as weather, vibration and structural load. Yet, the potential for bridges to be seen as more than just connecting spines between towns and cities is often overlooked.
Alternatively, bridges can be experienced as places – places for interaction, celebration and collaboration. This view provides communities a place of engagement. What is seen as a utilitarian structure can also beautify its surroundings.
Bridge: Le pont de Saint-Nazaire, Nantes, France
Susanne Chan is a Sydney based Interactive Artist who focuses in Architectural Environments. She holds a B.Sc of Architecture (UNSW) and a M. Interaction Design and Electronic Arts (USYD).