NAME: Harish Kanth B (@harish_kanthh [IG] @Harish Kanth [FB] )
COLLEGE – CARE SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, INDIA
YEAR – 5th Year B arch
CATEGORY: Socio-Economic Building
PUBLISHED BY: ARCHIPEDIA
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Treating bridges as a place to spend time in, not simply to pass through
The intent of the project is to make the bridge as an important landmark and reference point for the inhabitants and visitors of the city, a space that is integrated in the natural environment and that is flexible enough to adapt to a wide variety of activities in and around it. The bridge should rejuvenate the public life in the city and connect people in a more meaningful manner. The idea is to involve and surround daily users of the bridge in an artistic dialogue rather than it being enclosed in a per-defined space which will have an impact on urban scale.
Its nearly impossible to spend money for the construction of the new bridge that exclusively acts as a public space in our context. This is due to our economic condition of the Nation and the vehicular population of the city. In that scenario, unused huge fund invested or old weaker bridge that are not suitable for heavy transportation but the main connection of the city which has some architectural significance in it are concentrated to improve and by bringing its life once again.
Albert Victor Bridge is one among the bridge that possesses those qualities. Its a 130 years old Stone arch bridge in Madurai, transmitting 80 % Madurai people from north to south part of the city. Its holding 3 times more vehicular load than its designed .Considering current government proposals around the context such as Vaigai riverfront development, Alternate bridge proposals and Heritage walk proposal in the old city, I made a proposal of diverting the current vehicular load with an alternate network and created a social spaces that helps in highlighting the heritage bridge and satisfies the need of 3 user groups in their own perspective with respect to the context without disturbing the majesticness of the heritage structure.