Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Vote For The Northern Avenue Bridge People's Choice Award

The City of Boston and the Boston Society of Architects/AIA (BSA) co-sponsored a Northern Avenue Bridge Ideas Competition this spring. The competition was open to designers and non-designers alike to propose ideas for the future of the Northern Avenue Bridge that respect history, enhance mobility, and create an extraordinary destination.

In total 133 submissions were received, including 99 graphic designs and 34 essays.  About one-third of the submissions called for restoring the bridge either as an operational bridge or a fixed bridge. The Fort Point Neighborhood Association and the Friends of the Northern Avenue Bridge invite you show your support for keeping the Northern Avenue Bridge by voting for restoration related submissions (see list below). 

Vote for those you support by hitting the heart below each entry. Voting closes Wednesday, May 25 at 4:00 pm. The winners will be announced later that evening from 6:00 pm to 8 pm at the BSA Space R.S.V.P. to this free event. 

Restored Operational Bridge Designs

The Northern Ave Bridge is Boston
Botanical Garden in the City
The Northern Avenue Bridge: Swing it (Again)
Steampunk Gateway [Team includes members of Friends of Northern Ave Bridge]
Market by Day, Theater by Night
Let the Bridge Swing: Everyone Wins [Member of Friends of Northern Ave Bridge]
Restore the Bridge
Repair/Replace As is & Keep Original Usage
Northern Avenue Bridge Park
Massachusetts Maritime Museum and Community Boathouse
Bridging History One Truss at a Time
Marking Time: Old Northern Avenue Bridge Clock
Idea: Just save the #@%!:) Bridge Already Northern Avenue Bridge
NABB: Northern Avenue Botanical Bridge 
Northern Avenue Bridge: Spanning Boston’s Generations
Reinvest in a Boston Icon
The Pipeline: Awakening the Swing Span
A Structural Performance

Restored Fixed Position Bridge Designs

Pivot Point Bridge
A New Light on Boston Harbor
Northern Avenue Bridge Restaurant
Northern Avenue Bridge Vertical Farm
Mobility History Destination: Northern Avenue Bridge
Bridge Contrapposto
The Northern Avenue Boathouse
Northern Avenue Bridge Reimagined
Reconnecting Boston
Modular Catalyst
Channel Some Fun
Bamboo Island Bridge
A City in Motion Pauses
Preserve the Northern Avenue Bridge
reNEW Northern Avenue Bridge
Draw Bridge Boston
New Northern Avenue Bridge [Member of Friends of Northern Ave Bridge]

*An independent engineer's review of bridge's field notes found that the damage is less severe than previously reported and more consistent with the information provided to the Northern Avenue Bridge Working Group last winter, which included restored options.    

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