An open international contest has been announced to design an "iconic" [ugh] pedestrian bridge in Amsterdam.
Apparently, the architecture of the bridge should "reflect contemporary design tendencies", whatever they may be. Perhaps that means they want a bridge which looks like a turd shat by a giant penguin across a canal.
It's a single stage contest: to enter, you simply have to pay the registration fee (US$80 until 15th December, rising to US$120 until 15th February) to receive full contest details.
The winner gets a US$3,000 prize, there are smaller prizes for second and third, and there will be seven honorable mentions. Winners will be announced on 15th March 2012.
They emphasise that "there are no plans for the Iconic Pedestrian Bridge to be built." The site for the (imaginary) bridge, which would be about 90m long, is in front of the Amsterdam Heritage Museum, spanning the River Amstel. No engineering calculations are required, instead the structural design is suggested to be "architectonic" in nature. The biggest geometrical challenge is that a 15m navigation headroom is specified.
The competition is organised by AC-CA (Architectural Competition Concours d'Architecture), a private company whose business seems to be running contests for designs which will never get built, the architectural equivalent of vanity publishing.
I really must get back to writing up some more Merseyside bridges to post!