Sunday, 18 March 2012

Iconic pedestrian bridge competition - Amsterdam

I believe design competitions are like an intense physical workout, but only for the brain. It pushes you to think beyond your comfort zone. Recently, we participated in an architectural competition after a long time. Last time I had participated in a design competition was during the golden days as a design student at Purdue University... I had won it (check it out here) thanks to the guidance of my Prof.
This one was an architectural competition to design an Iconic pedestrian bridge in Amsterdam. We did not win, neither did we get an Honourable mention ....bummer :((  ....but we learnt a lot during the process - it is about honing the design process and keeping on refining and refining the design concept before you finalise the actual design. And always always always ...keep it simple!!!.
I really liked the wining entry you can check it out on this website ac-ca. It was simple but out of the box and it was presented well too.

Below is our entry

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After this experience, to be honest I am a bit glad that we did not win, because I knew even while working on the competition, that we still are not there yet.
Which reminds me of  Michael Jordon's famous quote not the 9000 shots one but this one “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying.”

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