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A Journey Toward Peace

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  • A Journey Toward Peace: Bridge and Book Design 
    The goal of this project was to interpret the concept of peace, creating a memorial structure dedicated to honor those who served in World War II. As the bridge will be a reminder of the sacrifices made to resolve this great conflict, it should also embody the qualities of peace. This structure will strive to bring people together with a focus on openness and flexibility. The journey over the bridge should lift us up, bend our hearts, dissolve our walls, and provide a personal experience.


  • conceptual process and sketches:
    Our first task was to define what peace meant to us an how we could use it to define a unique, meaningful structure. Elements of light and dark were explored, as well as the breaking down of boundaries. Walls diminish as the two opposing forms bend until they meet in the center.

  • bridge location:
    The foot bridge will be located on the Potomac River connecting Lady Bird Johnson Park with the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial. This position is ideal because of its proximity to parking and access to existing pedestrian trails. The length of the bridge is roughly half a mile. This structure will connect major Washington D.C. landmarks including the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, the National Mall and Arlington National Cemetery. 

  • refining the form:
    A paper model was created to further understand the scale and dimensions of the structure. This was successful in exploring how light will interact with the form.