the NYT reports on the winner of a design competition for a wildlife overpass on i-70 near Vail CO. The winning land bridge was designed by Van Valkenberg, HNTB, and my friends at Applied Ecological Services to be as ecologically appropriate from the materials to the construction practices.
Here are pdf downloads for all the entries:
- Balmori Assoc (New York) http://www.balmori.com/ with StudioMDA, Knippers Helbig Inc., David Skelly, CITA, Bluegreen, John A. Martin & Associates, and David Langdon
- Olin (Philadelphia) http://www.theolinstudio.com/
with Explorations Architecture (Paris), Buro Happold (London) and Applied Ecological Services.
- Janet Rosenberg & Associates (Toronto) http://www.jrala.ca/with Blackwell Bowick Partnership, Dougan & Associates, and Ecokare International.
- HNTB with Michael Van Valkenburgh & Associates (New York) http://www.hntb.com/ and http://www.mvvainc.com/
with Applied Ecological Services, Inc.
- Zwarts & Jansma Architects (Amsterdam) http://www.zwarts.jansma.nl/index.php?lang=en
with OKRA Landscape Architects, IV-infra and Planecologie
Since there are no plans for Colorado DOT to actually construct the winning design, we are left with a supersized idea that is empty of calories.
“As you fragment the habitat, the long-term prognosis for wildlife is bad,” said Rob Ament, the project manager for the group sponsoring the competition, which bestows a $40,000 award and was initiated by the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University and the Woodcock Foundation in New York.