Form & Function: Expression of Truth/Beauty

"Form follows function...It is the law." -Louis Sullivan

The primary architectural concept of this project is to explore form follows function as well as function follows form. Using tried and true bridge construction typologies, form and function can be dissected. A movable span requirement welcomes confrontation between form and function. The movable span of the bridge has a specific function that must be possible provided the form it takes. The bridge overall conforms to allow this moving function, while still respecting established bridge forms. In this way, the moving apparatus must fit into the existing form, yet its function influences the form of its housing mechanism.

Bridge Span Prototypes

Fire Island Inlet Bridge

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Bridge Type: cable-stayed
Location: Robert Moses Causeway, NY


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Horace Wilkinson Bridge

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Bridge Type: truss
Location: Baton Rouge, LA


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Tyne River Bridge

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Bridge Type: arch
Location: Newcastle, England


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Movement Analogies

Lobster Pliers

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Spiral movement


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Locking Pliers

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Hinged movement


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Eyelash curler

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Sliding movement


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Conceptual 3x3 Combination Table

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Preliminary Designs

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Preliminary Design I

Fitting the function to the form

Preliminary Design II

Forming to fit the function

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Final Design

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3D View

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Elevation Down

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Elevation Mid

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Elevation Up

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Mechanism Down

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Mechanism Mid

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Mechanism Up

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Movement