The chosen one… divide and conquer…

“Rarely do we set the high bar one notch above what we think we can clear, and that’s what’s driving me here.”

-Henry Worsley, former Army officer from Fulham, London, who was on the brink of making Antarctic history with a solo, unsupported crossing

What: Movable Bridges Presentation + Dividing Responsibilities

Where: VOA Associates, 224 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 1400

When: Thursday, January 28, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Why: The Dinner Presentation was a Structure Presentation on some bridge basics including Chicago Bridge history, movable bridges, and bridge disasters. We got to watch mind-blowing videos of bridges reaching resonance. Everything has a natural frequency. Resonance is when the natural frequency (vibrations) of the forces that act on a structure equal the natural frequency of the structure itself – causing the structure to fail. We discovered the importance of double checking one’s work. We are never working alone. Two heads are better than one!

After the presentation, we continued designing with the chosen bridge, State Street Bridge. We divided up into new groups based on a project component. The teams worked out some basic design concepts of design per their component. Groups include:


Existing Bridge Team

Project Manager: Derek


-Produce 3d model of existing bridge

-Formulate plan for preservation and integration with new bridge components


New Bridge Team

Project Manager: Andres


-Design new bridge structure, who will use it, how will it move

-Integrate with existing bridge

-Later, begin 3d model for new bridge


Green Space Team

Project Manager: Kristina


-Sustainable components

-Landscaping, hardscaping


Surrounding Site Team

Project Manager: TBD


-Interaction with all spaces around bridge

-How to extend the bridge into the public


Architectural/Building Component Team

Project Manager: Michelle, Nimah


-What type of building fits the site?

-Begin design, later, build 3d model for building



-Deadline: Friday, February 12

Important Files:


Blog Quiz:

Research a “Movable” Bridge type. How does it work? Demonstrate in a clear written description and provide a sketch or diagram (made by you) of what you have learned.

*Note: Answer this question by next Thursday to possibly receive a prize. Answer by emailing your response to We would love to hear your thoughts! It can be brief, and do not be afraid to speak up!!

Next Meeting Where: VOA Associates, 224 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 1400

Next Meeting When: Thursday, February 04, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

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