In today’s tight economic times, architects are discovering new ways to get projects off the ground. This lovely bridge in Rotterdam was crowdfunded thanks to citizens who donated through the internet. I Make Rotterdam, Maxwan Architecten and Zones Urbaines Sensibles collected donations through Crowdfunding to make the wooden Luchtsingel pedestrian bridge, which will connect and rejuvenate areas of the city while allowing people to avoid the hectic traffic below.
The new crowdfunded bridge will connect the Hofplein area with the Northern district of Rotterdam. The original schedule was to fully complete the project in 30 years time, but the founders decided to start building it as soon as they received the first round of funding. They plan to extend the bridge’s length as they receive additional donations; their slogan is: “The more you donate, the longer the bridge.”
When finished, Luchtsingel will consist of 17,000 wooden planks. Each donor will be entitled to have a message inscribed on one plank. The inscriptions can advertise a business, convey a message to a loved one, or simply state the donor’s name. A true public piece of collaborative architecture, this project is an outstanding example of an alternative development strategy for the people by the people.
Via Arch Daily
Photos by Ossip van Duivebode, Design at News