top of page

Form & Function
Expression of Truth & Beauty

The purpose behind this project is to expand on the relationship between form and function. In this project, we try and assimilate a moving object into an already existing bridge design. We studied how these movements worked and used that movement to transform the structure of our bridges. It was required that these transformations allowed for water traffic to pass through a 30' x 40' opening. 

Span Prototypes:

Span Prototype Diagrams:

Real Bridge.jpg
Bridge Prototype.jpg
Real bridge 2.jpg
Bridge Prototype2.jpg
real bridge 3.jpg
Bridge Proto3.jpg

 

Movement Analogies

The movement of these objects is intended to act as a means for opening the roadbed for boats to pass through a 30' x 40' gap.

chair.jpg
chIR DIAMRGAMS.jpg
Snack table.jpg
snack diagrams.jpg
car jack.jpg
Jack Diagram.jpg

Combination Chart

combo.jpg

Preliminary Design

 

pre1.jpg
pre2.jpg
pre3.jpg

I decided to use the lawn chair as my movement inspiration. To start off my design process, I first began with raising the left half of the truss bridge high enough to allow the 30' x 40' box to sit on the roadbed. At first, it was very difficult to come up with a desired movement. Ultimately, I decided to put my mechanism on a track with rollers and attach pulleys at certain points to allow for the movement to be elongated in one section, and shortened in another. The up and down movement on the track allows for the opening.

This proves that the bridges form is directly affected by achieving a certain desired function.

Mechanism Movement

MechanismAnalogy.gif
ezgif.com-gif-maker.gif

Bridge Transformation

LORDY.gif

Elevation Views

el1.jpg
EL2.png
EL3.jpg

Bridge Movement

ezgif.com-gif-maker (1).gif

Renderings

CREAM3.png
CREAM.png
CREAM2.png
bottom of page