The assignment: Re-design the existing SHoP pedestrian bridge that crosses the West Side Highway at Rector Street in Lower Manhattan.

The unique feature of this bridge is a fluid, metamorphosis-like combination of handrails, stairs and supportive skin. The complex shape of the helix skin is the result of a series of scripts that can be modified, using parameters, at any time. The bridge terminates in an unoccupied building.

Precedent for this design was the Greenside Place Link in Edinburgh. The British government asked the designers to construct this bridge at ten different locations throughout the U.K.

The helix skin is created by code and controlled by parameters. The code, which only needs a curve and a set of driving parameters as input, can be reused to build a structural helix bridge at any location.

The assignment: Re-design the existing SHoP pedestrian bridge that crosses the West Side Highway at Rector Street in Lower Manhattan.
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