Bridge design is a potent example of the Sense of Place that human beings so frequently yearn for, where architectural form is experienced first-hand by the public. The distinctive image of Merchant Square footbridge in its raised position is instantly memorable and, together, these complementary qualities of “the view from” and “the view of” illustrate how bridge design can contribute to a sense of place, forging connections, reinforcing identity and creating a sense of civic pride.
Hanif Kara of AKT II and Martin Knight of Knight Architects discuss the intrinsic relationship between bridges and identity set against the backdrop of their extraordinary lifting bridge at Merchant Square, Paddington. Welcome drinks will be served from 6.30pm with the talk beginning at 7pm. Additionally, an architect/engineer-led guided talk beside the bridge will be available directly before and after the event (including bridge lift).