The Jury Responds to Northern Avenue Bridge Contest

WED, MAY 25, 2016 (16:05)

The Northern Avenue Bridge Ideas Competition invited designers and non-designers alike to propose ideas for the future of the Northern Avenue Bridge. Entries were required to respect history, enhance mobility, and create an extraordinary destination. In total 133 submissions were received, including 99 graphic designs and 34 essays. View the gallery of great work submitted by fellow citizens.

First opened in 1908, the Northern Avenue Bridge has served pedestrians, cyclists, automobiles, and freight trains throughout its life. Unfortunately, the continuous exposure to salt water and air caused extensive corrosion of the steel. Over a year ago, the bridge was closed to all travel and must be removed for safety. With the continued growth of Downtown and the South Boston Waterfront, Boston needs a crossing here—a new Northern Avenue Bridge—one that enhances mobility, celebrates history, and creates a destination for the next 100 years. Ideas from the Competition will help shape a Request for Proposals that the City of Boston Public Works Department will issue this summer for the design of a new Northern Avenue Bridge.

The City of Boston and the BSA Foundation, and the Boston Society of Architects/AIA announced the winners of the Northern Avenue Bridge Ideas Competition on May 25, 2016.

» See the presentation here.

» See all 133 entries to the ideas contest on the BRA site.

» Listen to interviews with Bostonians on what to do with the bridge, reported by Craig LeMoult.

Boston Society of Architects/AIA and the BSA Foundation