A pedestrian bridge concept linking New York’s Lower Manhattan and Jersey City, New Jersey, created by Jordan Architects just received a stamp of approval from the New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ).
To be called the Liberty Pedestrian Bridge, it has been conceived of by Jersey City resident Kevin Shane and designed by architect Jeff Jordan and was recognised this week with the AIA-NJ’s honour award for an unbuilt project.
The proposal is for a bridge that would allow pedestrians and cyclists to avoid the crowded, PATH trains which link the two urban areas.
The conceptual two-level span features paths for walking and biking, sweeping views, greenery and seating and the design also includes cafes, retail spaces, solar panels, artwork and free WiFi.
Ends of the bridge would be the abandoned Pennsylvania Railway Embankment in downtown Jersey City. It would gradually increase in height, and terminate at a higher elevation in Manhattan, with elevators, stairs and ramps to reach the ground.
“The visionary design conceptualized by Jeff Jordan Architects is truly inspirational and speaks to the broad value of architecture, even in its unbuilt state,” said Justin Mihalik, president of AIA-NJ.
“Through the power of design, the Liberty Pedestrian Bridge has been transformed from the realm of words and ideas to a concrete vision of the project that can be honed and refined through open public discourse, and whose merits can now be compared with other essential infrastructure projects.”