The University of Akron's Blue Team has been announced as the winner of the US Defense Metal Technology Center's contest to design a titanium footbridge. This is proposed to be a real bridge in Akron, Ohio (as yet unfunded), although the main aim of the contest is to try and provoke interest in the structural use of titanium, ultimately to "demonstrate the versatility of titanium and make the metal more affordable in lifesaving military armament".
The winning design is perhaps the least elegant of the five finalists, although it is at least practical, unlike the runner-up, which demonstrates almost everything which is wrong about the present infatuation with digitally-developed geometry.
University of Akron Blue Team
Ball State Dept of Architecture and Institute for Digital Fabrication
First honorable mention
University of Akron Gold Team
Second honorable mention
Third honorable mention