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Marsupial Bridge & Media Garden

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Project Name: Marsupial Bridge & Media Garden

Project Type:
1) urban planning design strategy
2) landscape design

Project Mission/Goal:
1) improve the human spirit

Project Description:

The Marsupial Bridge & Media Garden converts an unsafe underbridge area into a civic gathering space for film festivals, regattas, and other river events. The position of the Urban Plaza within the existing viaduct presented an unusual challenge due to the lack of natural daylight for plant growth. Accordingly, this area could not be defined through landscape design in the conventional sense; rather, concrete benches are set amidst a moonscape of gravel and seating boulders. The benches provide a respite for pedestrians and bicyclists as they make their way across the Marsupial Bridge, and by night the benches are lit from within, transforming the Plaza into a beacon for the neighborhood. This strategy challenges the traditional notion of public space as a ‘town square,’ or ‘village green,’ and provides a site-specific program for the underbridge zone.

text from: http://www.ladallman.com/prj_urban_plaza.html

Links and Captions:
http://www.ladallman.com/prj_urban_plaza.html
http://www.archidose.org/Feb09/23/dose.html

Project Details:
LOCATION: Holton Street Viaduct, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
DATE: 2005–6
END USER: Pedestrians and bicyclists of Brewers hill, Brady street and Beerline B neighborhoods
IMPLEMENTING AGENCIES: Cityofmilwaukee, Wisconsin Department of transportation
DESIGN FIRM: La Dallman architects
ENGINEER: Bloom Consultants
ELECTRICAL ENGINEER: Powrtek Engineering
LIGHTING DESIGN: Noele Stollmack Lighting Design
CONSTRUCTION: Lunda Construction
FUNDING: Federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant awarded to the City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works; matching funds from the City of Milwaukee
COST: $3.35million USD
LENGTH: 195m/642ft
WIDTH: 3m/10ft

Nominated by Cameron Sinclair

Location

Milwaukee, Minnesota
United States

Competition Category Entered

Competition Details

The competition entry ID for this project is 6697.

Project Details

NAME: Marsupial Bridge & Media Garden
PROJECT LEAD:
LOCATION: Milwaukee, Minnesota, United States
START DATE: January 08, 2005
CURRENT PHASE: Design development
COST: $3350000 USD (Final)
PROJECT TYPE: Urban Planning, Public Space/Gathering Space, Lighting-Outdoor , Landscapes/Parks/Outdoor Spaces, Community Center
IMPLEMENTING PARTNER: City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin Department of Transportation
DESIGN FIRM: La Dallman Architects
ENGINEERING: Bloom Consultants
ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING: Powertek Engineering
LIGHTING DESIGNER: Noelle Stolmack Lighting Design
FUNDING: Federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Grant to Milwaukee Department of Public Works, City of Milwaukee
DIMENSIONS: 195 m long, 3 m wide

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